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Issue 4: November 2012 Proudly published and printed in Saxmundham for all the community

£10,000 Boost for local business

TAXI Business leaders Crispin Clay, Annette MasonGordon, Jenny Stockman & Bob Foyers celebrate the good news.

The towns of Leiston, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh and Framlingham received a boost to business after being signed up jointly as a Town Team Partner by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Heritage Coast Market Towns Initiative works with the four towns to encourage greater sustainability and promote trading, services and tourism. With the support of local MP, Therese Coffey it has now secured £10,000 to build on past successes and explore new avenues for improvement. In support of the application Therese Coffey said “This cluster of towns have a seasonal economy and it is important that the town centre remains affluent throughout the year. I support the HCMTI's bid to continue to improve each of the town's high streets and the employment of an administrator enables ongoing fund-raising to increase marketing, put on events and ensure the street scene is kept vibrant.” Mark Prisk, Minister for Housing, who announced the award on October 23, said, “I recognise the disappointment felt by Town Teams who were unsuccessful in their application to become a Portas Pilot and becoming a Town Team Partner. It is our commitment that no town who applied to be a Portas Pilot would be left behind.”

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30:30 Food Challenge Success Local Transition group GreenerSax marked the 30:30 Eat Well: Buy Local challenge with a series of successful and well-attended events, all designed to encourage people to try consuming only produce from within a 30mile radius of their home during the 30 days of September. The challenge began with a lunch for around 40 invited guests at the Saxmundham Market Hall, supported by a grant from the Community Environmental Action Fund (CEAF) and lubricated with a donation of two polypins of Southwold bitter from Adnams. In the middle of the month a food-themed quiz in Kelsale village hall attracted more than 30 people, who all bought some locally produced food to share. And, at end the month there was a film show and supper of organic beef and vegetables at Peakhill Farm in Theberton. The case for eating food from the local area is well established: it’s likely to be fresher, it’s good for the local economy, and it reduces the environmental cost of ‘food miles’. A report in October (; the Observer) warned that failing harvests and extreme weather conditions are likely to lead to food shortages and inevitably rising prices in 2013 – and an increasing instability of food supply. Supporting and developing local sources are likely to be more important than ever. The 30:30 month may be over, but the challenge to seek out local supply and reduce food miles is as important as ever. GreenerSax will continue to promote local food, among other things by campaigning for more allotments and managing a community garden. And on Sunday 18 November its third annual Winter Fayre will take place in Saxmundham Market Hall from 11am-2pm, offering ethical and locally made Christmas presents including local food.

Bringing a SMILE to those who care

The SMILE cafe at its launch. A pop-up café aimed at carers and adults with additional needs was an overwhelming success on its opening day last month. Within the first three hours of its launch on October 4, the SMILE Cafe saw over 100 customers passing through its doors. Running every Thursday between 10am and 2pm at the Fromus Centre in Saxmundham, the SMILE Cafe is aimed at giving local carers a place to relax and meet up. Don Tricker of PASTEL, one of the main organisers of the cafe explained its aims: “The SMILE Cafe provides refreshments and respite primarily for Carers and those adults with additional mental needs. It is a place to share personal knowledge, experiences and emotional support. It is also a place for those looking for information, advice and guidance from professionals and support agencies.” Run by local volunteers, the café offers coffee, tea, soup and other warm and cold drinks as well as a range of homemade buns, cakes and scones. A co-production by PASTEL and the Rotary Club of Saxmundham & District, the café is looking for volunteers to help run the weekly pop-ups and organize any future events. For more information, see or call 01728 604944.

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Business News

Little Black Book for Business

businesses and advisors from Groundwork East of England were also invited to the event to present their latest project, East Coast Carbon Efficiency. The project is designed to provide free impartial audits identifying ways that businesses can save money and reduce their carbon footprint and to enable businesses to access grant funding that will help them introduce cost saving measures. Members of the four business associations, ABA, BoS, FBA & LBA, benefit from complimentary entries in the 1,000 copies of the Little Black Book which will be distributed widely across the coastal region.

Julian Davies, Christina Stohr, Mandy and Paul Scales at the launch. The launch of a Heritage Coast business directory was a success last month as many turned out to support local commerce. The Heritage Coast Market Towns Initiative (HCMTI) held the event at the historic Leiston Abbey on the Suffolk Coast to publicise the updated version of their Little Black Book, which includes listings for over 700 regional businesses. Business owners and managers from the local Business Associations in Framlingham, Aldeburgh, Leiston and Saxmundham met funders from Suffolk Coastal District Council and other business partners. A major project for HCMTI, the Little Black Book includes listings for both member and non member businesses, and was originally published to boost regional trading. HCMTI Project Coordinator Annette MasonGordon said: “We were delighted with the turnout for this event and the response to the Little Black Book. Now more than ever it is essential to support local businesses and this is a key tool in our quest to encourage greater sustainability and promote local trading. “We hope that the online version,, will be listed on everyone's favourites bar and, for those who prefer a Little Black Book on their desk, they are available at the Tourist Information Centres in the four towns or through Barnes Rosher Office Solutions.” In a statement she added praise for Leiston Abbey's Medieval Barn, where the event was held, calling it a building full of character with a superb thatched roof and candelabras providing a stunning effect. The Initiative works with a range of public and private sector partners to offer benefits to local

The updated edition and online directory was published thanks to funding from the Suffolk Coastal Local Strategic Partnership programme while the event was generously sponsored by Pro Corda, an educational charity and one of Europe's leading music organisations.


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Coming Up Remembrance

The Leiston Band will hold the Annual Festival of Remembrance at Leiston Film Theatre on November 7. Tickets for the festival, due to start at 7.30pm, will cost £6 and will be on sale from the theatre's box office in advance. After launching the 2012/2013 appeal the branch will be holding its Annual General Meeting on November 20 at the Ex-Service Club in Leiston at 7.30pm.

Fireworks Nights

Lapel poppies for this year's appeal. Photo courtesy of the Royal British Legion Remembrance events in Leiston and Saxmundham will mark Armistice Day and honour members of the armed forces both past and present. Remembrance Sunday is on November 11 this year, the same day as Armistice, so there will be a greater significance to events. In Leiston the Remembrance Sunday Parade will march off at 10.30am from the Cadet Centre in Victory Road to St Margaret’s Church where the Wreath Laying and Act of Remembrance will take place at the War Memorial after which the parade will move into Church for the Service. This year it will be joined by Sir Edward Greenwell, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk. Saxmundham will be marking Remembrance on the same day in Fromus Square. Events commence at 10.45am ready for the traditional two minutes silence at 11am. Numerous organisations within the town will lay wreaths on the war memorial and the local ministers will lead blessings. All are welcome to come and pay respects. Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk Paul Cook from Iken will lay a wreath on behalf of the Queen.

Saxmundham's firework celebrations will be at Carlton Park, near the tennis courts. Things kick off at 6.30pm on Friday November 2. There will be a magnificent bonfire, plus building a Guy for fun, a BBQ, raffle, hot drinks, followed by the fantastic firework display. The evening's organised by the Saxmundham Adventure Playground Committee and, while entrance is free, donations are welcome. The Kelsale celebrations take place on Saturday November 3 at the recreation ground in Kelsale, starting at 5.30pm. Events include a Chinese lantern parade, a bonfire, with lots of guys, made by the children of Kelsale primary school. Fireworks and music start at 7pm and there's a barbeque and licensed bar. There's a larger event at Heveningham Hall, also on November 3, including a funfair, hog roast and live music. Full details are at

The 2010 Poppy Appeal raised over £36million, smashing all previous records while the target for the 2011 appeal, running between October 2011 and September 2012, is £40million though the total raised is, at the time of going to press, still being calculated. The Leiston Branch of The Royal British Legion raised over £8500 for the Poppy Appeal last year.

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Trevor Peskett, Chariman of the Leiston Branch, said: “The Branch raised £8575.58 for the Poppy Appeal in the year ending 30th September. Our grateful thanks go to everyone who has helped and supported us in our area of Leiston, Sizewell, Aldringham and Thorpeness – we look forward to your continued support.”

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Leiston Film Theatre News Our BIG film for October/November sees Daniel Craig returning as James Bond 007 in Skyfall (12A) showing from the UK release date of Friday 26th October. This time Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her and when MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost! Book your tickets today for what is, by all accounts, the huge treat for all Bond fans. We can’t wait! Half term is here too and we have a number of moneysaving offers during the school holidays, including a half term 2-for-1 3D ticket offer (with voucher) for the Halloween family film, ParaNorman 3D and 2D (PG) for five days only from Monday October 29 until Friday November 2 and showing in 2D on Monday October 29 only. Norman isn't your average 11-yearold boy. Not only is he obsessed with spooks, but he talks to them too!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 brings November to a close at Leiston Film Theatre

It's a strange gift, but young Norman prefers the company of the dead to that of his family. Norman’s talent is called upon when his town, which was once the site of a witch hunt, is about to be taken over by spooky zombies! Vouchers are now available from our box office (while stocks last), or via our Leiston Film Theatre Facebook page.

November comes to a close with the final chapter in the magnificent Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (12A), showing from Friday November 23, with matinees on Saturday 24 and Wednesday 28. Then, from Friday November 30, Chris O'Dowd and Deborah Mailman star in the brilliant The Sapphires (PG). 1968 was the year that changed the world. And for four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission this is the year that would change their lives forever. Billed as Australia's answer to 'The Supremes', the sisters are flown to Vietnam to sing for the American troops.

The highly-charged Taken 2 (12A) is on screen from Friday November 16 and sees Liam Neeson returning as retired CIA operative Bryan Mills, whose wife is taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper that Mills killed while rescuing his daughter in 2008. His daughter evades capture and insists on helping her parents escape. Great edge-of-your-seat stuff!

I end with a word of warning, we have now sold an incredible 1000+ tickets for the next Bright Sparks pantomime, Cinderella, which appears on our stage between January 11 and 13, 2013. If you don’t want to miss out on being part of the panto fun, book your seats today on 01728 830549 or online at:

We have a very special event on Sunday November 18, when we present a special presentation of the 1926 silent B&W classic, The General (U), starring Buster Keaton as an engineer, who goes in pursuit of his beloved locomotive, when it is stolen by Union spies and featuring live musical accompaniment by Suffolk concert organist, Tom Horton. Tickets are priced £8.00 and are now available from the Film Theatre box office, with all proceeds in aid of the Leiston Film Theatre Support Club.

Wayne Burns Film Theatre Manager

Fans of the Fab 4 will no doubt be looking forward to an appearance by The Upbeat Beatles, who will perform live at the Film Theatre on Wednesday November 21. Relive the sounds and excitement of the 60s, in this not to be missed evening of fine entertainment, courtesy of one of the premier Beatles tribute bands, as part of their 2012 UK tour. All seats only £12.50 and are now available from the Film Theatre box office.


Thérèse Coffey, MP Writing exclusively for the Town Herald I was pleased to support the Heritage Coast Market Towns initiative’s bid to become a Portas Town Team Partner and they will shortly be receiving £10,000 from Government to spend on improving Dr Therese Coffey the town centres, including Saxmundham and Leiston. They plan to employ the services of an administrator to enable ongoing fundraising, increase marketing and put on events to ensure high streets are kept as vibrant as possible. Events such as the Arts Festival are so important in promoting our part of Suffolk and I was impressed to hear the success of this year’s event. Keeping to the high street theme, it was great to meet Bob Foyers, proprietor of the Bistro at the Deli and support his innovative initiative to have an online high street, important for tourists planning their visits to the area. Now the surgery in Saxmundham is used as a primary centre for out of hours care – I am persisting in my bid to get a sign erected so it is clear to everybody coming in to use the service where the surgery is. November is the most solemn month of the year in civic terms as it marks our collective act of Remembrance as a community and as a nation. Our brave troops fighting abroad in Afghanistan has made Remembrance Sunday especially poignant in recent years and we thank them for all they do on our behalf. The Act of Remembrance is, of course held on November 11 to mark the signing of the armistice that ended the Great War and as we look towards the centenary of the 6

outbreak of WW1 in 2014, it is important plans are put in place for a national commemoration. Last month the Prime Minister announced that £50m had been put aside to support this. The Heritage Lottery Fund has also committed to help fund projects to mark the centenary and I would encourage groups from in and around Saxmundham to apply. Any organisation wishing to apply should go to

Around and About Find out more about the local area

Kelsale Village Hall

Kelsale's beautiful village hall. At the centre of Kelsale stands a magnificent Grade II listed village hall. Built in 1891 as a gift to the village from the then rector, the hall was designed by Edward Schroeder Prior, an architect who was instrumental in establishing the Arts and Crafts movement. The defining characteristic of the movement was its attempt to bring art, craftsmanship and architecture closer together – an ambition fully realised in Kelsale village hall. Originally built to house a library and rooms in which to educate village residents, today the hall is home to many local groups and activities including the Crafty Ladies, WI, youth club, yoga, carpet bowls and a weekly singing group, the Melody Makers. Every Wednesday there’s a community post office and a coffee morning, and a monthly farmers’ market has just started. There’s also a licensed social club, open Wednesday-Sunday evenings and Sunday lunchtime, which always welcomes new members. The main hall, which can accommodate up to 100 people, is on the first floor, the venue is fitted with a stair lift to ensure ease of access, and there’s a wellappointed kitchen. On the ground floor a smaller committee room can hold up to 30 people. Both are available to hire for community groups and private occasions. For the main hall, the hourly rate is £9 for local residents and regulars (£12 for others), and the committee room £6 per hour for locals and regulars (£8 for others) – but there are discounts for longer periods of hire. Full details can be found at Kelsale Village Hall| Kelsale-cum-Carlton Parish Council Website, and bookings can be made by calling the booking line on 07582 869206.

Sax Town Survey Postponed

Publication and distribution of the Sax Town Survey questionnaire has had to be postponed for a couple of months. The questionnaires will now be delivered to households on Monday January 14, not November 12 as previously announced.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas After their amazing performance of A Christmas Carol last year and there recent triumph with the Hound of the Baskervilles at the Saxmundham Arts Festival, The Keepers Daughter Theatre Company return to Kelsale Village Hall for one night only to kick off the festive season with a performance of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem 'Twas The Night Before Christmas on Wednesday December 5. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas is an innovative and fun adaptation of the classic story of a father telling his two young children of St Nicholas for the very first time. It is a family show and will appeal to all ages. The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets for the performance are available from David on 01728 604594, Mike on 01728 603995, at Wednesday Coffee Mornings in the Committee Room or from any member of Kelsale Village Hall Management Committee.

Leiston Christmas Fair December 1

Leiston's Annual Christmas Fair is on Friday December 1 between 10am and 2pm. The Library Square, opposite the Long Shop Museum, will be packed with stalls showcasing a wide range of suppliers and services on offer in this vibrant town from accountants and estate agents to delis and fairground attractions; with fun games and competitions mixed with arts, crafts and festive treats. Children are guaranteed to enjoy the day with a visit to Father Christmas in his Long Shop Grotto, fairground rides and a free cartoon at Leiston Film Theatre at 1pm when the excitement gets too much and little feet are ready for a rest.


Regular Events Do you run a local group? Would you like your regular meeting listed here? Need to update/correct an existing listing? Please get in touch 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. Scouts: Wednesday 7pm to 8.30pm. Ages 10.5 to 14. Contact Haydn Morris. or Yoga In Westleton. Monday 5.30 to 6.30pm beginners; 7 to 8.30pm intermediates. Westleton Village Hall. One-to-one yoga therapy by appointment. Judie Shore 01728 648460. “CRAFTY Ladies” Craft Group. 1st & 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); The Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew, Thurs from 7pm. Call Leanne 07796 087255 or email . Dress comfortably. No previous experience necessary. Pagans Beyond The Pale – Discussion Group Meeting at Badingham, Nr Framlingham 7.15 for 7.30. Meets monthly, on the Wednesday after the New Moon. For further info please see our website . Top Time At Saxmundham Library. Thurs 11am to 12.30pm. All adults welcome. Games, films, play reading, talks and much more. Free entry. Refreshments 50p. Call Sax Library on 01728 403094. Croquet At Benhall Green. Club days Wed and Sat afternoons, teaching for people new to croquet on Friday afternoons. New members very welcome. Further info from Chairman, Geoff Day on 01728 688466. Molly Dancing Come & 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 to 9pm, Kelsale Village Hall committee room. New members welcome. Call Roger 01728 667037 or Mike 603995. Leiston & District Philatelic Society meet 4th Wed, Leiston United Church Hall, High St, 7.30pm. Visitors & 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 & Garland Dancing Thursdays, Blythburgh Village Hall from 8 to 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 & watch. Call Mike on 603995 for details. 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 & 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 602822 or 602690. Labour Party, Leiston & District Branch. Meet 4th Tuesday at


Friends Meeting House, Waterloo Avenue, Leiston, starts at 7.30pm. Visitors and new members welcome. Further information from the Secretary on 01728 833578. Leiston United Church hold a coffee morning every Friday and Saturday 10 - 11.30 am in aid of church funds. All are welcome. PASTEL Fun Workshops 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month (10.30am-3.30pm) at the Fromus Centre. For young adults aged 15-25 with a learning disability. Find out more at or contact Don Tricker at or 01728 604944. 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. 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 to 9.30pm. New members welcome. Info 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, for info. Saxmundham Library Art Group. Thursdays 1 to 4pm Saxmundham Library (new venue). Open to all, any level of experience and any media. An untutored group, bring your own work. Contact Ann Rose 01728 830398. Now only 50p per session. Saxmundham Royal British Legion every 3rd Wednesday at the Gannon rooms. 7.45pm. Contact Rose Damiral White 603817. Westleton Village Quilters meet in 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 Aldeburgh Art Group. Meets at The Baptist Chapel, Aldeburgh High Street from 1.45 to 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 67.30pm. Info contact John Gibb 01728 638912. Kelsale-cum-Carlton W.I. meets 2nd Tuesday, committee room Kelsale Village Hall 7 to 9pm. New members welcome. Contact Sue Potter on 01728 602177 or Sue Granville-George on 01728 604954. Flea Market/Brocante Yoxford Village Hall, 2nd Sat 9am1pm. Stalls & refreshments, raising funds for village hall. Call 01728 660213. Sax I.T. Club. Weekly Fromus Centre. Wed 6-8pm. More at or contact Don Tricker at or 01728 604944. Sizewell & Leiston Karate Club meets Tues & Thurs 6pm-8pm. Run for over 25 years! Children, adults, beginners or more experienced. All welcome. Tel. Liz 01728 604827. See or just turn up. Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group. Meets 2nd Mondays United Reformed Church Hall, Chapel Road, Saxmundham, IP17 1BJ. Members £1.50, non-members £2.50 Saturday Morning Drama Club. Middleton Village Hall..Ages 4 to 7 9.30 to 10.30am. Ages 8 to 11 10.30 to 11.30am. Cost: £3 Contact or 01728 648420.

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Thursday November 1 Meet the Waveney Bird Club ringing team to discover why birds are ringed – you may even get to hold a wild bird. No need to book. See the RSPB Minsmere website for more details. 10am to 3pm. Friday November 2 Bonfire Night at Carlton Park, starting at 6.30pm. Guy building for fun only. BBQ, raffle, hot drinks, followed by the fantastic firework display. In aid of Saxmundham Adventure Playground. Donations welcomed. Friday November 2 – Sunday November 4, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Events will take place at six venues on the Snape Maltings campus. Programme includes readings, talks and workshops with 25 poets from all over the world. Audience and poets alike will be able to gather in the Trask Café for food, drink and conversation. Information and tickets from the Festival Box Office, 152 High Street, Aldeburgh, or call 01728 687110 or go to and follow the links. Saturday November 3 Framlingham Firework Spectacular in Pageant Field, Badingham Road. From 6.30pm. Dynamic Fireworks, the brains behind the Lord Mayor of London's New Year Parade, will be staging the show. Tickets on the gate £6 adults, £4 children 316 years or in advance £5/£2.50 from Framlingham Town Council Office on 01728 720183. Kelsale Firework Night at the Recreation Ground starting at 5.30pm. Chinese lantern parade, lots of Guys, Fireworks, Music, BBQ and Licensed bar. Friday November 9 Song and supper with the Leiston Film Theatre Support Club. The club presents Easy Listening with the Seagull Choir and a Ploughmans supper, at the W.I. Hall, John Street, Leiston. Entrance £7.00 members, £8.00 non-members. Come and support Suffolk's oldest purpose-built cinema. Contact 01728 831714 or email 7pm for 7.30. Tuesday November 13, Kelsale-cum-Carlton W.I. Celebrate 90 years with an Anniversary Tea to be held in the Village Hall. 3-5pm. Quiz night hosted by the Aldeburgh Allotment and Garden Association in the Church Hall, Aldeburgh. Entrance fee is £10 for a table of four or £2.50 per

person, to include tea/coffee/biscuits. Players are welcome to bring their own wine and refreshments and all are welcome. 7.30pm. Wednesday November 14 “Damsels & Dragons” an illustrated talk for Suffolk Wildlife Trust by Steve Piotrowski at Leiston United Church Hall. Entrance fee £2.50. Open to all. 7.30pm. Saturday November 17 The Kelsale-cum-Carlton Autumn Fair. Local produce market and craft stalls will be offering their wares in Kelsale Village Hall. 10am to 12pm. Sunday November 18 GreenerSax Winter Fayre will be held Saxmundham Market Hall. 11am to 2pm


Thursday November 22 Coffee morning at the Wentworth Hotel, Aldeburgh on behalf of Suffolk Wildlife Trust 10am to 12 noon. On sale will be cakes & produce, beautiful Suffolk Wildlife Trust Christmas cards & goods, books, bric-a-brac. Entrance fee £2.50. Friday November 23 Literary lunch to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice will be held at Thorpeness Country Club from 11.30am to 3pm. Anthony Horowitz (of Foyle's War and the Power of Five fame) and Meg Rosoff, winner of the Carnegie Prize, will be in conversation with Stewart White. Tickets £55 to include canapés & drinks on arrival and a twocourse meal. To book call the Hospice fundraising office on 01473 723600 or email Wednesday November 28, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Careers Fair at Alde Valley School. This event will give companies large and small the opportunity to meet students and parents, promote their business as a local employer and meet prospective employees in an informal environment. To book a stand email before Nov 14. Early December December 1 Twas the Night Before Christmas. Kelsale Village Hall The Keeper's Daughter Theatre Company returns. See page 7 for details. Tickets 01728 603995. Adults £6.50, children £3.

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Talking Rubbish Karen Cannard demonstrates how to reduce the rubbish you generate.

Karen Cannard is from Suffolk and is an expert in reducing domestic waste

You may think you know everything you need to know about your local recycling facilities. That’s what I thought once, but my three black bin bags told me another story. So whether you’re a novice coming round to the idea or an old hand, your next task is to find out exactly how much of your rubbish can be recycled.

Given that much of what ends up in your bin comes from the kitchen, you may be tempted to run to your cupboards to look for clues, examining the labels on every can, packet or box of produce you can find. If you do this be warned, as you will probably discover a few red herrings hiding amongst your reliable tins of tuna. Looking at the packaging may give you the reassurance that the items you have bought can be recycled, but it could also lead you into a false sense of security. The truth of the matter is that just because the label tells you that it can be recycled, the reality is that it may not be recyclable in your area. Confused? You should be and unless you’re employed by the waste industry, you can be forgiven for being so. Confusion over recycling reigns across the land and research by food and grocery analysts, IGD, has revealed that a third of shoppers are unclear about what types of packaging materials they are able to recycle. Labelling has a big part to play in this process. For the moment your mission is to find out exactly where you should stick your rubbish and make sure you have systems in place to manage it. Have you got the right bins? It may sound obvious, but do you actually have all recycling bins or boxes that your council offers? For example some councils allow residents to opt-in for additional services such as a garden waste round. So it is always worth checking the latest information, especially if you’ve moved into an area some years after bins were initially issued. Once you've ordered your bins it could take a few weeks for them to be delivered. Telephone your district or borough council (or unitary authority) and speak to the waste or recycling officer. You can find out the name of your local contact at the Lets Recycle website: If you’re confident that you’ve got all the recycling bins that you need, your next step is to find out exactly what


can put in them and what else can be recycled at your local recycling centres. What can and can’t be recycled via your kerbside waste collection and at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) is very much dependent on a complex mix of factors including council budgets, economies of scale, demand for materials, as well as existing technologies, system infrastructures and competing environmental pressures. What this means is that even if technologies exist to recycle such things as plastic yoghurt pots, your council may not have a buyer or a system in place to manage the process or may be even spending money on other priorities such as introducing measures for recycling biodegradable waste to avoid excessive fines. Whatever facilities you have in place, please make sure you wash and flatten whatever you can before you put it in your bin. It not only improves the quality of the recyclates but it also helps ensure trucks are not transporting significant amounts of air. Visit and enter your postcode to see a whole list of items that you can recycle in your area through local authority services. It lists items that can be put in your recycling bin and provides an interactive map of the HWRCs and bring banks that are close by, showing exactly what can be taken where. The site also includes a link to the recycling pages on your local council’s website.

Council Watch

A report on recent Town Council Meetings

Leiston Town Council: October 2

Saxmundham Town Council: October 9

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Highbury Cottage footpath. Discussions are still ongoing with Mrs Readhead-Higgins regards the legal aspects of possibly using part of her field for a footpath. Haylings Pond. Members considered the offer from the District Council to transfer Haylings Pond Meadow back across to the Town Council subject to terms and conditions. Members were happy to accept the offer in principle but wanted to explore the future costs that ownership might entail. Allotments. Review of terms and conditions. Members were asked for comments on the current rules and conditions for allotment hire, especially with regard to possibly restricting the use of bonfires on the plots. Standing Orders and Financial regulations. Members were asked to look through Standing Orders and Financial Standing Orders to assess where changes might be needed, bearing in mind how we currently work, and to let the Clerk have their comments. Finance. Pay and Conditions Review. Members considered the recommendations of the Personnel Committee with regard to this year’s review of pay and conditions for Council staff and agreed to accept all the recommendations put forward. Accounts for payment. Accounts presented in the sum of £14,221.42 along with £4,295.00 paid since the last meeting were approved for payment. Planning. Members considered four planning applications details of which are in the draft minutes. Neighbourhood Plan. Members noted the time of the public meeting on October 9 at 7.00pm and all hoped there would be a good turnout. District Matters SALC Cllr Ron Bailey has been elected chair of SALC Correspondence. Letters from EDF (Sizewell Community Consultation), Citizens' Advice Bureau (grant agreed of £2000), Housing Seminar on October 10, and agreed a grant of £250 for a local resident's sports training.

Saxmundham in Bloom awards. The following awards were made: Best Front garden: Mr & Mrs Calver, Best Small garden: Mr & Mrs Wright, Best Hanging baskets: Mr & Mrs Palmer, Drought garden: Yvonne Davey. Apologies for absence. Councillor Cooke is still on holiday. Councillor Tricker queried this long absence. Councillor Sir Peter Batho confirmed that a councillor must be absent for six consecutive full council meetings before he or she is disqualified from serving. Finance. The Finance Report to end September 2012 was unanimously approved. Remembrance Sunday. The civic ceremony will take place in Fromus Square, starting at 10.45am. An unprecedented 16 wreaths will be laid at the war memorial, including ones from the new Free School and Zorbas restaurant. All are encouraged to attend Fromus Square. Negotiations continue for the transfer of ownership from SCDC to the Town Council. The change of ownership of the White Hart has added some complexity as have continued enquiries about the ownership of the plot. This is progressing. Planning. Discussion of planning applications was deferred to a special planning meeting to be held on Monday October 15, due to the complexity of some applications and limited time in the full council meeting.


Community News Staying up to date with what's been going on locally

Local Fitness

A number of local villages have begun a variety of activities under Suffolk Sport’s Fit Villages programme. Initial funding from the programme has subsidised 6-8 week courses and sometimes provided free taster sessions. The money helps with instructor costs, venues, posters and marketing for activities such as Zumba (in Benhall and Middleton), Yoga for all abilities (in Kelsale), Tai Chi, Badminton, Nordic Walking, and chair-based exercise and also team events such as Petanque (in Kelsale), Rounders, and even Dodgeball. Funding is continuing at least until the Spring and Henry Tapp, the local Active Wellbeing coordinator, is keen to hear from people who’d like to see something new or different on their doorstep (tel 01394 444289). For full details of current activities, including what modest local consultation you’d need to do to get something going in your village, and what volunteering opportunities the programme offers, please visit: Cycle Suffolk is another Suffolk Sport project to make recreational cycling more accessible in rural areas. As well as led rides, improving links to existing cycling clubs, charity events and disability engagement, the project runs Watt Bike evenings - a great way of getting the community together for some social and active fun. For more information visit: or contact And then of course there’s your own two feet. You can join in the Stepping Out In Suffolk Health Walks, which are free and for everyone but particularly good if you’re recovering from illness or need to improve your exercise levels. The walks (all carefully described to indicate the level of difficulty) vary from 30-90 minutes. They have trained volunteer leaders and you can walk at your own pace. For more information about walks contact Sharon West 01473 229292 or email her at You can get regular emails about the walks programme. See for other NHS funded services and activities.

Crafty Ladies' Tabards Help Elderly

Kelsale Crafty Ladies have been busy again making five Activity Tabards (Fiddle Aprons) for old people suffering with dementia. These were presented to Fran Pugh, manager of Leiston Old Abbey Retirement Home, on Tuesday October 9. They are all crazy colours and adorned with buttons, zips, pockets and buckles, quite like a child’s activity rug. If you are interested in joining the Crafty Ladies call Pam on 01728 603995 or come along to Kelsale Village Hall on a Monday morning, 10 till 12.30.


Saxmundham Library News

Reading Challenge. Children and their families attended a presentation on Saturday September 15 to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge. Children had to read six library books during the school holiday and were presented by Councillor Rae Leighton with a certificate, medal and wristband. We wish to congratulate and thank everyone for taking part and to the families for their continued support. A BIG thank you to our wonderful volunteers, without them it would be extremely difficult to run. It was lovely to see so many happy and proud faces. Toptime. As from November, please note our Toptime group has moved to a Thursday at 11am in the library. We run a Toptime Group every Thursday at 11am. This is a free session (50p for refreshments) for adults and involves a different activity each week. The group are very friendly and welcoming and would love to see any new faces. November 8: Play Reading November 15: Talk by group member, to be confirmed November 22: Nutrionist Fiona Supplements and Managing Pain November 29: Games and a chat Book Group. Please come along once a month to Saxmundham Library and discuss the current chosen book and obtain the next one. The next meeting is Friday November 9, 1.30pm. They are currently reading Salt by Jeremy Page. Volunteers Needed. Saxmundham library is looking to find a few volunteers who would like to work in a library to support staff with everyday tasks (shelving, stock work, displays, posters, running a book group, etc). If you are interested please contact Saxmundham Library and speak to a member of staff.

School Report An update from your local schools Saxmundham Free School At Saxmundham Free School, we have been proudly proclaiming that we are ‘providing a foundation for life’ for our students. But what does our motto mean? Our aim is to ensure that our students leave us with the skills they need to go on to do whatever they want to do in life once Rob Cawley, Headteacher they leave us at the age of 16. That means ensuring of Saxmundham Free that we have high School aspirations and expectations for every student. To achieve those high expectations, our students engage in a broad and balanced curriculum that allows students to flourish academically (whatever their needs and abilities) and which lays the foundations for successful progression into post-16 learning. Our approach is supported by our longer school day, strong pastoral system and enrichment curriculum. These opportunities ensure we are preparing students for the world of employment and contribute to them developing a love of learning for life. As an inclusive school we have aspirations that all of our students will make progress over and above the national average and celebrate the successes of all of our students together as a community. Underpinning our aspirational approach are our ‘6Cs to Success’ that form the ethos of the school. Our 6Cs are: Co-operation, Community, Commitment, Challenge, Confidence, Celebration. These 6Cs form the code of conduct for everyone who is part of or visits Saxmundham Free School. ‘Community’ has been a real theme for students, parents / carers and staff throughout the first couple of months of the school being open. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the community in providing cake for our Macmillan Coffee Morning on September 28 (through which students raised over £200 to assist with cancer research and care). The community were also incredibly generous with their donations for our Harvest Festival on October 17. We have since made a significant contribution of food to the Trussell Trust Food Bank Appeal to help those who have fallen on hard times. Information on both these charity appeals are available on the following websites:,

It is a privilege to work with students, staff and parents, carers and others in the wider community to make our contribution to raising achievement and standards and to helping those around us who are less fortunate. I cannot think of two more important ways to ensure we are ‘providing a foundation for life’ for our students. Rob Cawley Alde Valley School Alde Valley School is arranging a careers day for students of all ages which will include workshops on apprenticeships, higher education, and further education. On Wednesday November 28 students will be introduced to the UExplore careers guidance website that is now available in the school. A Question Time event for the 6th form will act as a student-led forum with a panel of local and regional business people discussing the topic of employability skills and application techniques. Parents are welcome to attend. There will be two careers market places. Jill Douglas, Employer Engagement Co-ordinator at the school, explained how they will work: “The first from 1.30 to 3pm is primarily aimed at larger businesses and agencies who have sufficient staff to work with us during the working day, and the Twilight Session from 6 to 7.30pm for small and medium sized businesses who, we hope, will take this opportunity to work with us to bridge the gap between employers and employees.”


Letters to the Town Herald Please write to us by email, drop letters into HG Crisp in Saxmundham or mail them to Town Herald, 27 High Street, Saxmundham, IP17 1AF A.C.I.S. Committee had organised and I would like to personally thank all my committee and their partners for their help and support.

Sizewell Safety Concerns Dear Town Herald, When Sizewell A was mooted it was Government Policy to only allow nuclear power stations in sparsely populated areas and that once a location had been selected further development would be strictly limited. The reason was to enable the local population to be safely evacuated in the event of a nuclear emergency. In the case of Sizewell this meant a planned evacuation area up to 1.5 miles from the power station, and the ability to smoothly evacuate up to 2.5 miles from the site encompassing the Town of Leiston. This policy was reaffirmed in 1982 at the Sizewell B Public Inquiry. Then it was stated that there was a ceiling of 531 new units since 1962 and of these 157 remained. Not withstanding since 1982 it seems that about 1,000 new units have been approved in for Leiston. Had these been spread out over 1800 the situation would not have been so serious as the plume of escaping radioactivity would be relatively narrow but this is not the case. These new units have been packed tightly into the existing Town. As I result I have no doubt that it would now not be possible to issue the necessary protective iodine tablets or carry out an effective evacuation within the required time scale. This situation appears to have come about because of Suffolk Coastal District Council's development policy. What is of great concern to me is not the probability of an emergency at Sizewell but the Authorities in which we placed our trust have betrayed that trust on the alter of political expediency. Any reader seeking further information or justification please contact me at Barrie Skelcher

What do you think about future development at Sizewell? Is Leiston too densely populated for a new nuclear build? Is it the only way we can meet our power demands? What about public safety? We'd love to know your thoughts.

Assisting Charities in Suffolk Success Dear Town Herald, A sell out audience was treated to a delightful evening at Pro-Corda on Saturday evening, 29th September, when the International Voices of Enfield children’s choir entertained them with a very varied and melodic programme of music & song. The concert raised £2,285.00 for Cancer Campaign in Suffolk. The Chairman and Committee of A.C.I.S. (Assisting Charities in Suffolk) would like to thank all local businesses and private individuals for donating raffle prizes, Pro Corda for their help and the public for supporting this event. This was the first event the new


Bernadette Eklid Chairman, A.C.I.S

Sax Primary School's European Week Dear Town Herald, I am writing you this letter to tell you how much Saxmundham Primary School enjoyed their European Week. Hawthorn Class was learning about Romania. In the week Hawthorn baked some lemon biscuits. When they tried them they were very delicious. Hawthorn children’s mums and dads came in and they had some. We learnt about a man called Nicolae Ceauescu. He was very bad. He was a dictator in Romania from 1965-1989. One day in European week Hawthorn Class painted eggs. Painting eggs is a Romanian tradition at Easter. The eggs are beautiful. It is fascinating how they make them. I think this European week was very good. I hope we do it again one day. Taryn Howard Pupil, Hawthorn Class

We also heard from Keira Salter, Rowan Bacon, Maicy Allen, Charlie Osborne, Tegan Alexander, Bradley Pinion and their class teacher Lorna Wenham. We're very sorry that we didn't have room to print all these lovely letters, but we will put them on our website for everyone to see. We'd love to hear from anyone else who would like to tell us what they've been learning at school.

Puzzles Crossword


ACROSS 1 5 9 10 12 13 14 16 18 21 22 24 26 27 28 29

Darling, principally I’m a comedian but I’m not very bright (6) Editor in charge absorbed by manuscript for doctors (6) Old mule spilled sulphuric acid (5) See 25 Down Scary story from German poet needing no introduction (7) See 8 Down Backward boy Edward pried (5) Thus a popular time is needed for TV series (4-5) Her voting changed in a short space of time (9) Some frown at allegation of birth (5) Crazy for fruit (7) Reaches a turbulent river second (7) Henry’s first pal made off with car part (8) Bird starts to collect eggs from here (5) Son wastes talents (6) Former model’s show (6)

Last Month's Solutions Crossword


ACROSS 1 close shave. 9 lavish. 10 nanosecond. 11 idol. 12 prophet. 15 sluices. 16 ratty. 17 reef. 18 stop. 19 vegan. 21 turf war. 22 portray. 24 lead. 27 allegories. 28 outrun. 29 tawny eagle. DOWN 2 leaver. 3 scot. 4 shelter. 5 atop. 6 elderly. 7 vindicator. 8 philosophy. 12 Port Talbot. 13 overreacts. 14 taper. 15 strap. 19 vagrant. 20 nosegay. 23 as well. 25 flow. 26 orca.

DOWN 2 Old tribe bringing diamonds to Northern Ireland (5) 3 Where racketeering goes on in the courts? (9) 4 Wot’s up? A road’s approaching (7) 5 Girl’s aimless wandering (7) 6 Tea towel perhaps is not so damp (5) 7 Con men opt out in part (9) 8,13 Across “Surely you jest?” famously addressed to judge in court (3,6,2,7) 11 Settled Sheila’s debt somehow (11) 15 One US writer or another by stream (9) 17 Now his rep gets busted for possession (9) 19 They talk incessantly of balloons (7) 20 MP later resolved to tread roughly (7) 23 Boy, a new rising 3 Down champion (5) 25,10 Across Evening Star is going to set out aims for 3 Down champion (5) Crossword set by Alberich of


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