OUT & ABOUT WOMEN TOGETHER RECOVERY GROUP Meetings are self-help recovery groups for all women regardless of their addiction or life problem. They are facilitated by women who are in recovery themselves and people who have supported others in their journey to freedom. We provide an environment where women can talk about their daily struggles, share their experiences, strength and hope openly and honestly in a safe place. They can be with others who share a common desire to overcome addictive behaviour. It’s somewhere women can seek healing for one another. WT wants women to regain the self-confidence, self-belief and self-worth that addiction has stolen from them. Meetings are held at Whitton Baptist Church, 209 Highfield Road, Ipswich IP1 6DH on Monday mornings at 10.30am, at Shepherd Drive Baptist Church, Shepherd Drive, Pinewood, Ipswich IP8 3SL on Monday evenings from 7.45pm and at Ipswich Community Church, Clarkson Street, Ipswich IP1 2JL on Thursday afternoons from 1.15pm. For more information please visit the Women Together Recovery Group Ipswich Facebook page or contact us at: 07503 416576 / firstname.lastname@example.org
CLAYDON & BARHAM WI This last month has been busy, busy, busy. We hosted the group meeting where we were joined by ladies from three other local WIs. Our speaker was Marko the cartoonist. He gave a very entertaining talk about his work and got us all drawing our own cartoons. Two of our ladies attended a very enjoyable needlepoint workshop and came away with work in progress and inspired to do more. One of our members went to Denman, a college in Oxfordshire run by the WI. She tried her hand at willow weaving and tai chi amongst several other activities. A couple of our ladies have been busy knitting Bobbie Buddies. These are donated to the police to carry in their vehicles and are given to traumatised children they may come into contact with during their work. Our next meeting is on 11 June at 7.15pm when Richard will tell us about the tomato growing facility that has recently opened. We meet in Claydon Village Hall and would love to see you there. For further information please contact Sue: 01473 831396
GIRLS HAVE FUN Are you aged between five and seven years? Bramford Rainbows meet on Mondays from 5.30-6.30pm in the Scout & Guide Head Quarters opposite the Victory Hall. Come and join us for crafts, cooking and lots of fun. For more information contact Helen: 07733 070012 We would love to see you.
HENLEY SENIOR CITIZENS On Thursday, May 9 we made our sixth annual trip to The Hut at Felixstowe. On arrival members were given morning coffee/teas. The fish and chip lunch supplied by Orwell Fisheries was, as always, delicious. This was followed by hot drinks once again and a time for catching up with each other. Due to the inclement weather we were not able to have our usual walks along the prom or even an ice cream as the kiosk wasn’t open. However, this did not deter us as we did two quizzes – one on birds and the other on food, each table playing against each other. Some of the clues were very cryptic and when the answers were revealed there was a lot of oohs and ahs and laughter. It would not be ‘seniors’ if we didn’t have a game of bingo which was followed by afternoon tea and cakes. Everyone went away with smiles on their faces so hopefully the weather didn’t put them off for a visit next year.
GREAT BLAKENHAM OVER 50s CLUB The Great Blakenham Over 50s Club is open to anyone of that age living in Great Blakenham and the surrounding area. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the Parish Room, Stowmarket Road, Great Blakenham from 2-4pm. At our meeting on May 8 we enjoyed a games afternoon with Scrabble, Rummy O, Kan-U-Go and Trivial Pursuits as well as our regular bingo games. Our meetings in June will both have a musical theme New members are always welcome so if you would like to come along and see what goes on we will be pleased to see you. Jackie Durrant, 01449 672690
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES GROUP Book Club We meet at 10.30am on the last Thursday of the month at The Crown (Hungry Horse), Claydon for an interesting discussion on the chosen book. We have a few spaces for new members so do come along. Knitting Group We meet on the first Thursday of the month from 10.30am to noon in the lounge at Alisdair Place, Claydon. We are currently knitting lap blankets for St Elizabeth Hospice and hats and blankets for the pre-mature baby unit at West Suffolk Hospital, with more projects to come. If anyone has any wool they no longer require, which may be useful to us, it would be gratefully received at one of our meetings. Meet ‘n’ Eat Lunch Club This group has gone from strength to strength. At our May meeting we served 42 people. We meet at noon on the first Friday at Gt Blakenham Parish Room (the building with the green door, almost opposite The Chequers). A two course lunch costs £4, plus the optional raffle ticket for £1. Anyone who has difficulty with transport can arrange a lift by contacting: The Rev Carl – 833542; Ann – 831031; Pauline – 830723; Dorothy – 830906. Gipping Valley Art Society We meet every Tuesday afternoon from 1-4pm in Gt Blakenham Parish Room. We use our own materials and have our own projects, with Mike Wootton on hand to give us helpful advice and assistance where needed. We go outdoor sketching locally on the last Friday of the month – weather permitting. We recently enjoyed a demonstration by a local artist, Susan Boddy, who gave a very interesting watercolour demonstration and raffled one of her acrylic paintings, which was won by Mike. We had a table at the Easter Fayre which was well attended. We have plans to visit Flatford Mill and The Munnings Museum at Dedham to view the Munnings First World War art on loan from the Canadian Museum during the summer, together with other projects. We will have a stand in St Mary’s Church, Gt Blakenham in July for their summer fete, where original art will be on sale at a price to suit all pockets. The Walk ‘n’ Talk Group We meet on the second Thursday of the month, weather permitting, in the car park of The Crown (Hungry Horse) and go for a walk lasting approximately 1.5 hours along local footpaths and bridleways. All welcome, together with dogs. Afterwards we enjoy the hospitality of The Greyhound for coffee and cake. Do come along and enjoy our local countryside and a chat.
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