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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR Now don’t tell my boss, but on Tuesday mornings when I arrive at work before A Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4 has ended, I’m forced to sit in the car until it does. Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires and motivates them. I particularly loved his interview with Eugenia Cheng on the mathematics of mathematics. Though it was never my strongest subject, I continue to love maths, desperate to understand and to find the right answer, though I seldom do. What’s extraordinary about many of the people featured on A Life Scientific is how often a childhood interest or passion has led to a fulfilling career and it’s clear that doing something you love is a wonderful privilege. I’ll be playing the podcasts to my son when he’s a little older because whatever he does in life I want it to be what makes him happy. You may have read about the letter a teacher in Singapore sent to parents the week before her students were to sit exams. Here’s a short extract: “I know you are all really anxious for your child to do well. But, please do remember, amongst the students who will be sitting for the exams there is an artist who doesn’t need to understand math, an entrepreneur who doesn’t care about history or English literature, a musician whose chemistry marks won’t matter. There’s an athlete whose physical fitness is more important than physics. If your child does get top marks, that’s great, but if he or she doesn’t please don’t take away their self-confidence and dignity. Tell them no matter what they score you love them and will not judge them. Please do this and when you do, watch your children conquer the world. One exam or a low mark won’t take that away. And please don’t think that doctors and engineers are the only happy people in the world.” I hope you have or have had the opportunity to do what you love and that you can inspire others to do likewise. Driving to work at 6am on a cold January morning is never easy, but it’s a whole lot easier if you’re looking forward to the day ahead.
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NEWS REGISTER NOW FOR GARDEN WASTE COLLECTION People can now sign up to register an interest in joining Suffolk Coastal’s Garden Waste Collection Service. At its cabinet meeting in December 2017, Suffolk Coastal decided to introduce a charge for collecting garden waste from homes during the next financial year (2018/19). People in Suffolk Coastal will be given the option of paying an annual charge of £43 per garden waste bin (the equivalent of paying about £1.65 per fortnightly collection). This is a completely voluntary scheme, which people will have to opt to join (rather than residents automatically becoming part of the scheme). The first paid-for collections are scheduled to start from the beginning of May 2018, with local residents able to subscribe for the new service from March 1 and we will email them when the subscription service is live. In the meantime, people can register their interest by completing a simple online form. “The reality is that Suffolk Coastal District Council protected the ‘free’ collection of garden waste for as long as it could,” explained Councillor Carol Poulter, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member for the Green Environment. “In 2015, when most of the councils across Suffolk and Norfolk introduced charging, we decided to maintain the ‘free’ garden waste collection service and to bear the cost of reduced Recycling Performance Payment support, despite the financial pressures on the council. However, at the time, we did recognise that this is a discretionary service that we provide and we always said we would have to keep this decision under review.” Suffolk Coastal District Council is under increasing pressure financially, with dwindling support from central government. Next year (2018/19), we are faced with a budget gap of over £2.8 million. Providing the organic waste collection and composting service currently costs Suffolk Coastal over £1.2 million a year. This cost has been exacerbated by the £200,000 per year reduction in support for recycling organic waste previously provided by Suffolk County Council. The East Suffolk Business Plan identifies the need for us to become increasingly financially-self-sufficient in the future. “The key thing that people need to realise is that this is about us protecting local services and being able to keep Council Tax increases down to a minimum. Any funds raised from the garden waste collection service will be re-invested in providing services to local people and reducing our budget gap,” said Councillor Poulter. Later in the year, subscribers to the scheme will also be given the option of receiving a free, larger (240 litre) green bin for their garden waste (240 litres is the most common wheeled bin size, but the current brown organic waste bins in Suffolk Coastal are 140 litres). The new, larger green bins are expected to be delivered during the autumn (2018) to those residents who request one and have subscribed to the garden waste service.
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NEWS NEW THURSDAY EVENING MODEL YOUTH CLUB
IPSWICH GANG SHOW IS 80 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR
The town council is delighted to report that the new model youth facility which opened on Thursday, February 1 for its first session and launch was very popular and well-received by our young people in the town. In readiness for the opening date, Orwell held planning meetings with its staff, reviewed its documentation related to the service, such as risk assessments, signing-in sheets and general procedures, arranged visits to the local high school and carried out general marketing – which included some consultation sessions with young people to find out what they would like to do at the youth club.
Have you ever been a member of the show, on stage or behind the scenes?
The town council is really looking forward to working closely with Orwell and continuing to work with the young people from our town and high school via Orwell in order to provide a facility for young people which works well and provides a safe and designated space for them to meet with the main aims and objectives being: • For young people to feel they have a say over what activities are delivered in Kesgrave • For young people to feel positive about the youth club and provision for young people in the town • For young people attending the provision regularly, to feel safe, supported and positive about themselves • A more positive perception of young people among the adults in the community
COMMUNITY TRANSPORT FOR KESGRAVE The town council is delighted that Kesgrave has been incorporated into the BSEVC Community Transport umbrella – a charity which has been running community transport for over 25 years. Sufficient volunteers have been recruited for the Kesgrave Community Transport scheme. However, residents now need to take advantage of this service, as otherwise it will be lost. The vehicle used is fully accessible for wheelchair users and transport can be booked up to two weeks in advance. The service is designed for those local residents who are unable to access public transport due to mobility difficulties or where public transport does not meet their needs. The service is available for any age group and operates Monday to Saturday. If you would like to use this service please call 01449 614217, text 07493 866652, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The journeys can be for health appointments, visiting relatives and friends, shopping, connection to onward travel by bus, coach or train, to and from day centres and services, funerals, weddings, etc. The driver is paid on the day. 1-5 miles for an adult is £2.20, free for under-fives, child five-16 years £1 and for those aged under 18 it’s £1. A minibus scheme also operates for group bookings.
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SPARK AGM The SPARK charity will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, April 8 at 7.30pm in the Deben Room at Kesgrave Community Centre. Residents of Kesgrave are welcome to attend. Due to current executive committee members standing down we will be electing two new trustees. Chairman Charles Rayworth
USE IT OR LOSE IT! I recently had occasion to visit Ipswich Hospital, and being temporarily car-less, I caught bus number 68 from Grange Farm. Even after ducking and diving around Kesgrave I alighted at the Garret Anderson stop less than 15 minutes later. Sadly, I was the sole passenger on the outward and return journeys and the driver said this was not unusual. I arrived at my appointment relaxed and stress-free having avoided the inevitable hunt for an expensive parking space. This made me wonder why more people travelling to the south end of the hospital along this route elect to use a car rather than the bus, especially if, like me, they have a bus-pass. The downside is that the service is limited as the first bus leaves Ipswich at 10.20am and the last bus arrives back in Ipswich at 14.28pm. It could be better, but the danger is that if even this limited service is underused it will be closed. I’m afraid that on current form that is highly likely which would be a great pity. GP
Ipswich and District Kidney Association (IDKA) aims to help improve the lives of people suffering from kidney disease through providing items of equipment and welfare grants, and by organising social activities. IDKA can also direct patients to a variety of specialist support services in strict confidence. Don’t suffer in silence. IDKA was set up by and is run by people who understand what you are going through and are keen to help. Contact Doug Swayze, chair of IDKA – firstname.lastname@example.org / 01449 612090 / 20 Bures Close, Stowmarket IP14 2PL – or vice-chair Les Talbott – 01473 635749.
On Wednesday, March 7, starting at 10.30am, I will be leading a walk from the Millennium Car Park at the south east corner of Kesgrave. I anticipate walking for approximately two hours and returning to our start point. If you have any questions or in the event of bad weather, please call me on 01473 623486. I look forward to meeting you on March 7. Town Council Footpath Representative Michael Rayment
BUS NOTES FOR MARCH 2018 The 68 bus has served us in Kesgrave reliably during the winter months. It has always run, and to time as scheduled. It has become increasingly popular, and now runs with good passenger loads. Its journeys into the hospital grounds are most welcome for our elderly residents. Its introduction has been a success for both First and Kesgrave, and we should continue to support it to ensure its continuing existence. Happy Wanderer
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Equity Release Last month we set out the general points of Equity Release. This month we thought that you might like to read a case study. Recently we were contacted by a retired married couple. They enjoy a modest works pension and each have a state pension. They own their own home outright. They have sensible but modest savings. Their income covers their normal outgoings but there is little spare for emergencies or unexpected bills. They have two children one elsewhere in the UK and one overseas. They told us that as their motor car was now unreliable they could no longer confidently embark on a journey of any length and they could not afford a replacement. Similarly as their savings had been so depleted, and their income was so tight, they would not ever again be able to visit their family overseas.
Williams Farrall Woodward Priority House, 8 Turret lane, Ipswich IP4 1DL Tel: 01437 231 644 Email: Equityrelease@wfw.co.uk
Could they sell their house and downsize to release some equity? Not really. Their home is already modest in size, and in need of some updating, so downsizing, after taking into account all the expense, is unlikely to realise any significant surplus.
Equity Release: Key Benefits:-
We therefore recommended that they consider an equity release scheme. For maximum flexibility we suggested a Lifetime Mortgage with a reserve account facility that allows them to access capital when needed, up to a limit. This immediately provided a sum of money to replace the car. And they have allocated a part of the reserve account to fund a visit to their family overseas in the near future.
• No negative Equity Guarantee
After a market search we found a suitable Lifetime Mortgage which at their ages was capped at 20% of the Market Value of their home and with flexible access to funds. Interest will only accrue on the money they have withdrawn. As they age they will be able to revisit the cap and possibly extend their equity release.
• Stay in your home • No repossession guarantee • Flexible access to capital or income • Local Home Visits on request
We reported on all our discussions with approved illustrations and cash-flow estimates and we strongly recommended that they discuss our proposals with their family, which they did. The clients needed to appoint a legal representative to arrange the mortgage charge and we made a professional recommendation to a suitable firm. Property valuations were paid for by the lender. We assisted in the completion of all the paperwork and managed the application process to completion. Within a few weeks funds were in their bank account. They said it lets them live again. • A cash sum or income from an Equity Release Scheme may reduce the borrower’s eligibility to State Benefits • Equity Release Schemes reduce the value of the estate and could leave nothing to pass on as an inheritance • Home Reversion plans and Lifetime Mortgages are complex products, to understand the features and risk, ask for a personal illustration Williams Farrall Woodward is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority No 175614
Kevin Archer MLIFB (Dip FA) is a Kesgrave resident and has over 25 years’ experience advising on retirement income, estate planning, funding care and equity release schemes.
NEWS KESGRAVE TOWN COUNCIL Rescheduled Public Inquiry – Persimmon Homes Ltd 300 New Houses Planning Application – Longstrops, off of Bell Lane The town council has been advised by the Planning Inspectorate that the process has now started for the re-determination for this appeal. Unless the appellant (Persimmon Homes Ltd) seeks to argue for this to be re-determined through written representations, then it is expected there will be a new inquiry in late spring/early summer 2018. This re-determination provides an opportunity to make further representations – specifically in relation to updated information, material changes in circumstances and issues upon which the appeal was quashed. The local planning authority, Suffolk Coastal District Council, has confirmed that it is first appraising what information it needs to compile, and how it may present these details. Grainger PLC – 1,300 New Houses Proposed Longstrops, off of Bell Lane Turnberry Planning Development Consultants, agents of Grainger PLC (landowner), gave a presentation to Kesgrave Town Council’s Planning and Development Committee Meeting, a public meeting on January 8. The interest of Fenton’s, local landowners (in partnership with Grainger PLC), was also noted. A brief question and answer session followed. The meeting established that this very initial proposal is not in any way linked to the current Persimmon proposal and rescheduled Public Inquiry. The meeting also noted that there is a community design process in place with regard to any development. Grainger PLC normally invest in the private rental sector, but they are looking to diversify into developing land for residential house building and new sales with associated infrastructure. The Issues and Options process was noted by those at the meeting. The former US Listening Station and Museum was mentioned by Turnberry with regard to sustaining this by turning it into a civic centre. The proposal is for 1,300 new dwellings. A new primary school and new doctor surgery are proposed and also the diversion of Route 66 is proposed across Millennium Jubilee Field. Turnberry stated that other community stakeholders are currently involved in discussions with them, including the highways and education departments at Suffolk County Council. Suffolk Coastal District Council will, in due course, be undertaking the normal planning consultation and once a written planning application has been submitted. Questions and comments at the meeting included querying of access points (three are proposed), the bus diversion (which is proposed through Millennium Jubilee Field – just for buses), the current size/population of Kesgrave and the insufficient infrastructure to support a large development such as this. Land swaps, healthcare facilities and whether this is a genuine offer was discussed, and where a hub facility could be available via CiL (Community Infrastructure Levy) in conjunction with the NHS. The meeting also noted that the adjoining landowner to the south is Johnson and Thompson and the question was asked, as to whether the agents are taking into account the neighbouring Adastral Park development at Martlesham Heath. Turnberry also attended the Planning and Development Committee Meeting of the town council on February 5. Members of the public are more than welcome and indeed encouraged to come to any town council or committee meeting. What do local people think about 1,300 new houses at Longstrops? Please let the developers and the town council know your views. Please voice your opinions, ask any questions during the public adjournment of the Planning and Development Committee Meeting of the town council and raise any concerns that you may or may not have. See page 4 for New Thursday Evening Model Youth Club and Community Transport for Kesgrave.
Planning in Kesgrave Do you want more housing? If so, do you think that there is sufficient Infrastructure to support new housing? At the time of writing the Public Inquiry for 300 new houses at Longstrops is about to be reopened due to technical issues by the Secretary of State. Grainger PLC are also looking into building an additional 1,300 new houses also at Longstrops. In addition to this, just a few miles from Kesgrave, the Adastral Park planning proposal at Martlesham has been given the go ahead for 2,000 new houses. This adjoining parish development will have an impact on the infrastructure of Kesgrave, including the road network and the high school. What can local people do to have more of a say about development in Kesgrave? You will have recently received a questionnaire asking you lots of questions about what services you currently use and what services you would like to see. This data is currently being analysed and will feed into the emerging Kesgrave Neighbourhood Plan. A Neighbourhood Plan is a legal document which must be taken into account by the Planners and Planning Committee at Suffolk Coastal District Council for all new houses proposed in Kesgrave. A Neighbourhood Plan means that as a town we will have more of an official say and more control legally in what development happens in Kesgrave. So, do you think that Kesgrave needs a Neighbourhood Plan? Without a Neighbourhood Plan the size and nature of development in our town will be decided by those who don’t live in Kesgrave. What can you do to help retain Kesgrave as being a great town to live, work or study in? Come and help us to help you. Can you spare just one hour a month? Would you like to come and join the very small volunteer group to discuss and make decisions about what new housing should be built in Kesgrave and where? About what services and activities you think Kesgrave needs? Please help us to help you before our town as we know it is lost. Please contact Susan Clements, the town clerk for more information or pop into the town council offices in Ferguson Way for a chat: 01473 625179 / email@example.com Kesgrave Fun Day – Saturday, June 9, – 11am-4pm Plans are underway for Kesgrave Fun Day on June 9. The full programme will appear in the May edition of In Touch with Kesgrave and Rushmere. There will be lots of things to see and do and we are trying to keep most things free-of-charge. This year we are running the Kesgrave Great Bake Off so why not enter and show off your skills? We are looking for a celebration cake/ cupcakes as the theme! Full details to follow. If you as a local business would like to help with sponsorship of the event, or if would like to volunteer to help on the day, please contact Jennie at the town council: 01473 625179 Thank-you to Spark and the 2nd Stop Charity Shop The town council would like to thank Spark (Sport Amenities and Recreation in Kesgrave) for funding the new backboard at the Grange Meadow Basketball Hoop Area. This is a great outdoor facility for all the community to use. Senior Citizens Outing 2018 – Change of Date! Please note this year’s Senior Citizens Outing will now be on Tuesday, August 21. We will be going to The Hut in Felixstowe for a fish & chip lunch. Full details and how to book your place will follow in the next few months, please watch this space! Town Clerk/Press Officer Susan Clements Kesgrave Town Council, Ferguson Way, Kesgrave IP5 2FZ 01473 625179 / firstname.lastname@example.org OPENING HOURS Mondays: 9am-1pm Tuesdays: 9am-1pm Wednesdays: 9am-3pm Thursdays: not open Fridays: 9am-1pm
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OUT & ABOUT KESGRAVE LIBRARY
LIFE SAVING EQUIPMENT FOR THE CENTRE Thanks to funding through district councillor and centre trustee Stuart Lawson a new defibrillator is to be located at the community centre. By using part of his community enabling budget, Mr Lawson was able to fund this piece of life saving equipment for the Kesgrave community. Regular hirer and first aid trainer Tony Williams of APW Training (pictured right with Stuart) has been offering workshops for staff and hirers to be trained to use this vital piece of equipment. The defibrillator will be in place for emergency use at the centre within the next couple of weeks. Mr Lawson said: “I am very pleased to use part of my enabling community budget to help towards the funding of this defibrillator. KWMCC is a real hub of sporting, recreational and business activities for Kesgrave residents and surrounding areas for young and old alike. Hopefully the defibrillator is never required but by having it on site, if it is needed, it could give valuable help at short notice. With the installation and training required now complete I’m sure it will be an asset to the community centre.” Centre manager Cheryl Tye added: “KWMCC is pleased to be able to provide a defibrillator for use should any of our hirers be taken ill whilst using the facilities. KWMCC is grateful for the financial support through ward councillor Stuart Lawson’s, enabling budget, and whilst we obviously hope that no-one will be taken ill, we know that if they are, they will be well looked after until the blue-light services arrive.” DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Monthly Networking: Sponsored by Bates Wells & Braithwaite Solicitors in Ipswich, these events will take place in the conference centre on the second Tuesday of every month from 9.30-11.30am. No membership fees; just turn up and pay £2 on the door (donated to St Elizabeth Hospice). Email: email@example.com Mum2Mum Market: Saturday, March 3, 2-4pm, £2 admission on the door. Buy top quality preloved baby and children’s clothes, toys books and equipment. For more information call Katharine on 07903 585334. The Lions Club of Ipswich Giant Table Top Sale: Saturday, March 10, 10.30am-1.30pm; come along and grab a bargain, Free entry. Sellers, to book in advance (£5) call Maggie on 01473 259899. Age UK Suffolk Spring Quiz Night: Sunday, April 15, 7pm for 7.30pm start, teams of four-six, £5 per head which includes light nibbles. To book contact: 01473 298683 / firstname.lastname@example.org Wedding/Open Day: Sunday, May 13: Email: email@example.com Christmas Shopping Evening: Friday, November 30; ticket details TBC. For stand space enquiries please email: Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org Recruitment Caretaker needed for holiday and sickness cover to join the existing team at the centre, must be able to work evenings and weekends. Please call Cheryl on 01473 612648 during office hours or call into the centre for more information. For bookings and enquiries please contact the centre on 01473 612648, visit www.kwmcc.co.uk or find us on Facebook.
Sunday Crafts (10am-12 noon): The following craft activities will take place during March. • Sunday 4: Next Sunday is Mothering Sunday. Why not pop along and make a special owl card? Please bring a small photograph of yourself to complete this craft. • Sunday 11: Saturday, March 17 is St Patrick’s Day. To celebrate we are making a Shamrock Man! • Sunday 18: Today is Paddington and Friend’s Day and we are making 3D Paddington Bears with a suitcase for his marmalade sandwiches • Sunday 25: Next Sunday is Easter Day. Create an Easter egg and chick card for someone special. Activities are free. Parents must stay with under eights. There’s no need to book – just turn up and have a go. Free BookStart Sessions – every Thursday including all School Holidays: These are free activities for pre-school children and their parents or carers. Why not come along and join Maggie every Thursday for songs, rhymes and stories? • Tot Rock: action rhymes, songs and stories for toddlers, 9.45- 10.15am • BabyBounce: songs and rhymes for babies, 10.30am-11am Free Story Time Sessions, every Friday 9.45-10.15am: This session combines stories and rhymes. All welcome. Why not pop along? OTHER LIBRARY EVENTS FOR MARCH Lego Club: Every Tuesday afternoon in term time, 3.45-4.45pm, with a different theme each week. What will you design? Parents must stay with under eights. Knit and Natter: Wednesdays 7 & 21 from 2.30pm. £1 donation, tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Now every other week; new members very welcome. You don’t need to knit, just pop along for a natter. Thursday 1: Afternoon Book Group, 2.45pm; currently reading Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. Thursday 22: Evening Book Group, 7pm; currently reading Together by Julie Cohen. Thursday 22: Baking Club, 7pm. Just £2; if you enjoy baking, why not pop along? If you are interested in joining any of the groups, please ring or speak to a member of staff We are holding an event on Sunday, March 18 and are looking for donations of good condition soft toys for our children’s tombola stall. Please speak to a member of staff if you are able to donate anything to us – thank you. Sunday, March 18, 10am-noon Paddington and Friends Morning Why not pop along and meet the Book Start Bear? Bring your own teddy or Paddington Bear to join in the fun. There will be a free Paddington craft, find the secret word, refreshments and bear biscuits, a raffle, a cuddly toy tombola as well as the results of our Draw Paddington competition. You may even come across a marmalade sandwich or two! During this event we will also be officially opening our newly refurbished comfy corner. This was made possible by a grant from Rushmere Parish Council and local firm Anglia Research. IT Help Sessions: Saturday, March 24, 10am-1pm: Are you having trouble getting to grips with a piece of technology? Or would you like help downloading eBooks to your e-reader? A member of staff at the library will be offering help sessions to all customers who would like some support using their iPads, smart phones, tablets, e-books and computers, or need some general guidance using the internet. Please phone up and speak to a member of staff about booking you one of our half-hour slots. Maggie Lusher, Kesgrave Library Manager, Kinsey House, Kays Close, Kesgrave Tel: 01473 626103 www.suffolklibraries.co.uk NORMAL OPENING TIMES Tuesday: 9am-noon, 2.30-5pm Thursday: 2.30-8pm Saturday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday: 2.30-6pm Friday: 9am-noon Sunday: 10am-3pm
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OUT & ABOUT KESGRAVE SOCIAL CLUB
MARTLESHAM COUNTRY MARKET
The club has some fantastic acts planned this month and the committee and staff continue to work really hard to make this a great entertainment venue. Check out our website for full details of upcoming events along with information about the artists.
Seville orange marmalade – and so much more…
MARCH EVENTS Saturday 3
Ska’d 4 Life
Kenny Paul C&W
Kevin Barry C&W
Ultimate Everly Brothers / Tricks of the Trade
We also have line dancing, Foxyrock rock ‘n’ roll dancing and salsa dancing throughout the month as well as various darts, quiz nights, charity and snooker events. Ipswich Heartbeat also meets monthly at the club. Members and non-members are always welcome. You can also watch all the latest sports events as we have Sky TV and BT Sport available and free BT Wi-Fi on tap.
I saw some of those lumpy unattractive beasts in my local farm shop yesterday. Who would think that they can be turned into my favourite breakfast treat with the expert skills of our local artisan cooks? If you grew up in a house where marmalades were brewed, like me, you might smell that warm delicious orangey syrupy aroma in your imagination already. Mmm, our clever kitchen wizards have jars of yummy jam and marmalades and every other kind of preserve you can imagine at our local country markets, so don’t miss out! Forget the mass-produced gloop, get your spreads from the Country Market, just like mother used to make. Meet us at Martlesham Pavilion every Tuesday between 9 and 11.15am for a warm welcome. If there’s something you want and we don’t have it, we’ll always try to make one or source one for you, if it’s in our power. We stock cakes and cookies, quiches and sweets, delicious dainties, gluten-free or other diet-compliant tasty treats or staples – always a nice idea for a gift or treat.
www.kesgravesocialclub.co.uk / 01473 622128
Remember that we have professionally trained craftspeople and that you can find one-off, hand-made crafts and delightful treen (small wooden objects), lovely cards, warm and fleecy gloves and scarves for every size, fine beaded jewellery and key-rings: Come and see for yourself – #notontheHighStreet.
GIPPESWYK SINGERS PRESENT BACH’S ST JOHN PASSION
NEWS: we are also supplying the Boardwalk Café, Rendlesham, which opened in December and is establishing itself as a nice place to visit with a great atmosphere. It’s open from 9am-11pm on Walnut Tree Avenue, Rendlesham IP12 2GG.
Gippeswyk Singers are delighted to present St John Passion by JS Bach on Good Friday, March 30 in partnership with Music in Felixstowe, conducted by Geoff Lavery. Gippeswyk Singers will be joined by four professional young soloists and the Classic Chamber Orchestra, consisting of the finest musicians in East Anglia, for this very poetic portrayal of the crucifixion story.
STOP PRESS! We need more bakers and makers! If you’d like to find out more, enjoy the satisfaction of using your skills to make a little extra money and join our friendly market on the other side of the table, come along to meet us or phone Margaret Gayfer on 01473 623849 to find out more.
The St John Passion is an expressive and dramatic oratorio which takes us through the fiercely sorrowful events of Good Friday with all its darkness and despair. However, it is also a deeply reflective and optimistic piece. Bach’s music becomes infused with light and hope as it leads us with great beauty to the promise of the redeeming love of the Resurrection. The soloists are Sarah Gallop – soprano, Chloe Pardoe – mezzo, William Searle - tenor (Evangelist), Michael Collins – bass (Christ) and Brian Latchem – bass (Pilate). Gippeswyk Singers are an accomplished and expressive chamber choir based in Ipswich, who have performed regularly for over 40 years throughout East Anglia as well as concert tours further afield. Musical director Geoff Lavery conducted their 2017 Snape Maltings debut in a sellout performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. Together with Beccles Choral Society and the Lambeth Orchestra, the concert received rapturous reviews.
Martlesham Brass Making music fun in East Anglia Please join our preliminary and beginners bands on Saturday, March 3 for Tea & Tunes at St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL, between 10am and noon. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. There will also be a cake and book stalls and a raffle. Everyone is welcome at our AGM on Friday, March 9 at 7.30pm, also at St Michael’s Church Centre. We will be reviewing the past year and electing our new committee.
Tickets are available from choir members, from Stillwater Books in Felixstowe, 01394 670633 and email@example.com. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment!
We would love to hear from new players, young and old, with or without experience. Our aim is to encourage anyone who feels they would like to play in a brass band to come and have a go! If you would like to join us, or if you already play or have previously played a brass instrument and would like to come along and meet us, please contact us via the website or use the contact details below.
This season Gippeswyk Singers are supporting the following local charities: Bipolar UK (Ipswich) and Sound On Talking Newspaper (Ipswich & District).
Publicity Officer Liz Howard firstname.lastname@example.org / 01473 625617
The performance takes place at St John’s Church, Felixstowe IP11 7PW at 7.30pm with conductor Geoff Lavery giving a pre-concert talk at 7.10pm.
OUT & ABOUT INTRODUCING SUFFOLK CRAFTED People want more space for all sorts of reasons. Moving house is one option, but it can cost £15,000 to do it, on top of the extra £30-40,000 you would pay for the extra space. Building an extension is another option, but by far the cheapest option is to have a garden room built. There are other advantages to having a space separate from the main house: it’s quieter, so you can concentrate or relax properly; it’s soundproofed from the main house if you (or your children) want to make noise; there is much less disruption while it’s being built; it makes an attractive feature to enhance your garden. I built one in my own garden several years ago and it has served many functions. At various times it has been an office, reading room, a place to sit with friends and have a drink and occasionally a guest room. On top of all that it’s a nice feature of the garden set in the trees. The key to it all has been that it was solidly built from the start, with four inch thick cavity wall insulation, a solid roof, double glazing and heating, so it can be used all year round. Suffolk Crafted is a new venture for me, but it is also the culmination of everything which has led up to this point in my life. I have always loved designing and making things in wood. I was brought up on a farm and so was taught to work with my hands from an early age by my father (he’s still going strong at 92). The garden room I built for my family was the inspiration for this venture, as well as others I have worked on since. Every Suffolk Crafted build is unique; I work with each customer to create plans for exactly what they need: traditional cottage style, contemporary or arched pod. I am even planning to make shepherd’s huts later this year. I am very enthusiastic and confident about what I make. I am also a perfectionist in everything I do, which means I tend to over-build so it will last, rather than cut corners to save money. It won’t make me a millionaire, but I will leave my customers with the keys to a properly craftsman-built garden room which will last as long as their house. All Suffolk Crafted garden rooms are built on site rather than prefabricated in a factory. This makes for a solid construction and cuts down on the need for expensive factory space and lorries. I don’t want Suffolk Crafted to grow large; it’s more important to me to have hands-on control of every project. Because of this I can keep my prices at least 20% cheaper than even the prefab manufacturers. Suffolk people buy locally, they appreciate honest, quality products and they appreciate value for money. That we can deliver! Chris Lupton
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OUT & ABOUT RANSOMES & RAPIER ANNUAL REUNION THE MASQUE PLAYERS Sunday, March 4 at Kesgrave Social Club, Edmonton Road, Kesgrave IP5 1EE. Exemployees, families and friends welcomed from 12.305pm. Come and see fascinating artefacts, documents and videos. Meet up with old friends at a really enjoyable event. See what new stories and pictures have surfaced.
The Masque Players will be performing The Weekend by Michael Palin at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre from March 21-24. Stephen and Virginia Febble are facing a weekend welcoming their daughter, boring son-in-law and precocious granddaughter together with dog. However, Stephen is not quite so welcoming and becomes very difficult much to Virginia’s dismay. The weekend slides into argumentative chaos, particularly over the Saturday dinner party with neighbours and an uninvited guest. The mood changes when Stephen realises it’s time to open up to Virginia about his past. This play takes a look at family values and is funny and thought provoking with a darker side.
Food and drinks available at very reasonable cost. Admission only £2 per person. For more information call Elizabeth: 01206 734581
The production runs from Wednesday, March 21 to Saturday 24. Curtain at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Tickets are all £9 each and can be reserved by calling 01473 725633.
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Tuesday Tea Dance with Teresa Brown 2-4pm with refreshments, £3 for members, easy parking / 01473 42242 Wednesday Evening Classes 7-8pm: Continue learning, ideal if your class has closed down 8-10pm: Improvers ballroom and Latin dance steps and style, £3 for members, easy parking / 01473 422427 / 01473 723070 Sidegate Lane Community Centre, Ipswich IP4 4HZ www.sidegatelanecommunitycentre.org.uk/ballroom
SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY MALE VOICE CHOIR Four choirs join in harmony to celebrate 50 years and support EACH. April 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir. To celebrate this very special anniversary they will be joined for a charity concert by the Essex Police Choir, the Hertfordshire Constabulary Choir and the St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir. The concert in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices is on Saturday, April 14 at St John The Baptist Church, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, commencing at 7.30pm. Choir secretary Stephen Wade said: “Choir members are all looking forward to this concert. We are delighted that Rachel Sloane has agreed to be our compere and very grateful to Jeffries of Bacton for sponsoring this event. It’s going to be a wonderful evening of music making with more than 100 singers participating.” Tickets are now on sale. Tickets purchased before the day cost £8 each. Subject to availability tickets costing £10 each can be purchased on the door. For further information and to order tickets contact: 01449 672600
The final concert in the winter Folk on a Boat series aboard the Sailing Barge Victor is on Friday, March 16 when Silbury Hill will be performing live. The duo will be bringing their lively blend of folk rock to the Victor with a mix of original material from their own CDs, as well as a good helping of covers from artists such as Crowded House, Jethro Tull and Focus to ensure the curtain comes down on the series with a swing! Doors, and Victor’s well stocked bar, open at 7pm and the music is from 8pm. Tickets for the concert, which cost £15 per person and include the Victor’s legendary hot, hearty, buffet supper, are available from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre (01473 258070 / email@example.com) or online from: www.ipswichregent.com
Rossini IN SUFFOLK Felixstowe-based choir The Dorian Singers (www.thedoriansingers.org.uk) are preparing to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Gioachino Rossini – the Italian composer best known for his operas The Barber of Seville and William Tell – with a special performance of his choral masterpiece, the Petite Messe Solennelle. Originally scored for 12 singers, two pianos and a harmonium, the Petite Messe never fails to delight audiences with its tunefulness and exuberance. For this performance, a stellar line-up of soloists including soprano Julie Roberts and bass Mark Saberton will be accompanied by well-known local musicians Marina Korneva (piano) and Andrew Leach (organ), under the direction of conductor Alan Loader. The concert takes place at St Andrew’s Church, Felixstowe on Saturday, March 24 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12 and may be obtained from The Card Centre, 6 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe (01394 283170), from any member of the choir, or at the door on the night. The Dorian Singers are proud to have the support of the East of England Co-operative Society, who will be providing light refreshments in the interval. The concert is being given in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK (www.alzheimersresearchuk.org), the choir’s nominated charity for 2017-18.
OUT & ABOUT IPSWICH COUNTRY MARKET March 5-11 is British Pie Week. Apparently 75% of people enjoy a pie at least once a month and 79% of people say they are willing to pay more for a homemade one, so why not come along to our market on Thursday, March 8 and try one of ours? Our pork pies contain locally reared pork with sausage meat, bacon and homemade pork stock! We also have steak & kidney pie, cottage pie, fish pie and Cornish pasties! Fruit pies are also available. All our pastry is made from scratch and we never use artificial additives. We are more than happy to tell you what’s in our food; in fact we are proud to do so! You can ask us what’s in our recipes, whether you want to check for food allergens or know how something is made. All items can be ordered in advance at the market so that you never need to be disappointed or without your favourite food. We also have a full range of crafts on offer, all created by members of our cooperative and locally made in their own homes. You can buy a traditionally made item using skills that hark back to an era when we all had time to make our own, be it sewing, knitting, bead or paper craft work. You can keep up to date with the market on our Facebook page – Ipswich Country Market – or at: www.ipswichcountrymarket.co.uk We are open on Thursday mornings from 10.15-11.30am at Rushmere Village Hall on Humber Doucy Lane (IP4 3PB). There is plenty of free parking, a warm welcome, home baked refreshments and free tea or coffee on your first visit.
U3A HOPES MARCH WILL BRING SUNSHINE The U3A outdoor groups haven’t all been hiding indoors during the earlier colder months of 2018. The walkers and gardeners have been busy. The architecture and church visiting groups have still been out and about and this month I know at least one of the petanque groups will be tidying up their piste and getting ready for the new season. March and April have some really great talks planned so members and visitors will have plenty to interest them. Even if you have been hibernating during the winter (and I don’t blame you), please get ready to help us celebrate our 30th anniversary later this year. All details plus how to become a member are available online. If you don’t have internet access our secretary can answer any questions you may have by telephoning 03001 233913. CAMPUS TALKS Felixstowe Salvation Army Hall Thursday, April 5, 10.30am: The Fall and Rise of Ermintrude, one of the oldest buses still certified to carry fare-paying passengers, by Tony Buckland. Market Hall, Saxmundham Thursday, March 8, 2pm: Plants with Mettle by Professor Alan Baker, the world of super plants that can colonise soils contaminated with toxic heavy metals. Thursday, April 12, 2pm: An Introduction to Gemstones by Jason Middleton Kesgrave Community Centre Monday, March 26, 2pm: Travels of a Botanical Artist by Reinhild Raistrick, a talk on painting rare and endangered flowers in the wild by an awardwinning artist. Please remember that visitors are welcome at one of our talks before becoming U3A members. Campus co-ordinators will be glad to give you joining details on the day. www.u3aeastsuffolk.org.uk
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OUT & ABOUT ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING Think you might enjoy it? Then come along to St John’s URC Hall, Cowper Street, Ipswich on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 8pm. For more information contact Helen (firstname.lastname@example.org / 01473 717979) or John (01473 710406 / email@example.com).
KESGRAVE CO-OPERATIVE WOMEN’S GUILD On January 23 the Guild held its AGM. All the officers were re-elected and our accounts are in good health. Mrs Everett, our chairman, thanked the committee members, making a special mention of Rose, our treasurer, Ann, our secretary, Jean, the membership secretary, and Barbara who organises our programme and outings. We had a talk by Stacey Palmer from the Community Rehabilitation Company whose specific role is to help women on probation. She told us about the many problems for these women, including housing, domestic abuse and unemployment. This service has had many successes including two women who are now working for the service helping others with their own experiences. On February 6 Helen Garth came to explain how we all need to understand the colours, clothes and makeup which suit us. Helen offers consultations to help people look their best. She looks at hair and eye colour and skin type, this allows her to advise the various combinations of colours which compliment these. Helen also gave us lots of ideas for using jewellery and scarves. She gives makeup lessons and style advice. It was a fascinating talk; I’m sure we will see our members in redesigned outfits and different colour combinations at the next meeting. NEXT MEETINGS Tuesday, March 6: Professor Midwinter will be talking about climate disruption and why we should be concerned. John has developed a deep understanding and extensive knowledge of the subject over many years and will explain things in a way we can all understand and enjoy. Tuesday, March 20: Following on from the previous talk, Sharon Lockheart from Suffolk Waste Management will talk to us about how we can play our part in recycling and what happens to it after it is collected from our homes. Tuesday, April 3: Karen Kenny will be advising us on container planting for the spring and summer. Karen has a wonderful way with words and no doubt we will all be informed and entertained as she demonstrates her planting ideas and tips. Tuesday April 17: We will learn about the value of our treasured pieces of jewellery when a speaker from Hills the Jewellers in Felixstowe, an independent family business, is our speaker. We welcome new members who can visit for two meetings before joining. The annual membership is £15 and we charge £2.50 per meeting to include refreshments and raffle tickets. Meetings start at 7.30pm in the community centre. The guild holds 23 meetings a year plus other trips and events. Please contact Gloria Everett for more information: 01473 614991 www.kesgravecoopwomensguild.onesuffolk.net
KESGRAVE WI Peter Blemings, our February speaker, presented a talk entitled The Bartlett – The Past 100 Years. Peter had worked for the developer who transformed the old Bartlett into the luxury apartments of today. Peter gave us a brief history of how the Bartlett came to be with money donated by a local doctor and how it came to be built on the site of the old Bath Hotel which was burnt down by the Suffragettes. Peter’s talk contained several photos of the old Bartlett – inside and out – plus ones showing the luxury interior of the new apartments of today. He explained how many of the original features of the Bartlett had been encompassed into the modern design – tiles in the wards and corridors, the shape of rooms, ornate ceilings, plus outside structures. During coffee Peter judged the monthly competition, a photo of Felixstowe during the past 100 years. Enid Castle was first with a delightful black and white photo of Felixstowe in all its glory with June Green claiming second and third with other photos that brought back memories of by-gone times. Monica Collins, our president, then continued with the business part of the evening. Several members will be attending the East Suffolk Annual WI meeting at Trinity Park on Tuesday, March 6. The day has a full programme with a variety of visiting speakers – the main one being Gary Walton, father of the sextuplets born in the 1980s, who will enlighten us to what it has been like to live with seven women! As usual we have a full programme of social activities – walking, Scrabble, bowls and a craft group. Anne Larter gave provisional details of a day out at Clacton for some retail therapy followed by a matinee performance of the summer show at the Westcliffe Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea in early August. Nacton WI had invited Kesgrave members to join them for their village lunch on Saturday, March 3, noon-2pm. Our March meeting is a ‘hands-on’ craft evening with Sue Webb from Martlesham WI. All the materials required to make the various Easter related items will be provided. Our next meeting is at Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, 7.15pm on Thursday, March 1. Visitors are very welcome to join us. If you require information please call the secretary, Di Chilver: 01473 611415.
MARTLESHAM LADIES CLUB 2018 has begun with some extremely interesting talks and a bring-andbuy sale to raise money for charity. This year our proceeds are for Global Development Delay. This is a condition which affects the normal development of children and the great-granddaughter of one of our members is affected. We have three meetings planned for March. On March 1 Max Pemberton will tell us about his cruise down the Irrawadi River in Burma. Then on March 15 Paul Norris will bring his search and rescue dog and describe how they find missing persons. Finally, on March 29 Brian Russell will give a talk entitled Amusing Anecdotes of an After Dinner Speaker. Looking ahead, on April 12 Sheila Dix will tell us about her working life as a shepherdess. Meetings are held on alternate Thursday evenings in the Richards Room at 7.15pm. To find out more contact Doreen Boar: 01473 622768
OUT & ABOUT MARTLESHAM HEATH AVIATION SOCIETY BAWDSEY BIRD CLUB Friday, March 2: Then and Now – A Life of Flying by Anthony Preston ANNUAL ILLUSTRATED TALK Anthony Preston has held a pilot’s licence for over 60 years, including FAA CPL. He started flying with Stan Ward at Nacton in 1954, going to piston Provost and Vampires in the RAF 1956-58. Anthony regularly flew around Central and East Africa in light aircraft in 1960s. He taught aerobatics, competing at Intermediate Level in Stampe. He was employed by Singer Link-Miles in flight simulation and was expedition secretary for Sir Ranulph Fiennes’s Transglobe Expedition 1977-83. In 1994 he was made general manager of the Popular Flying Association, and today instructs on microlights as chief flying instructor at Beccles Airfield. His many adventures will be revealed! We meet from 7.30-10pm at Martlesham Community Centre on Felixstowe Road. Entry is £3 for members and £4 for non-members. To find out more on either of the above call Howard on 01473 274300 or visit: www.mhas.org.uk
ORWELL PROBUS CLUB We meet for lunch on the second Thursday of each month at Greshams on the Tuddenham Road (opposite the Millennium Cemetery) and usually a speaker entertains us afterwards
Gateway to the Broads: Suffolk Wildlife Trust at Carlton Marshes This year’s public illustrated talk will be given by Alex Jessop and takes place in Sutton Memorial Hall, Old Post Office Lane, Sutton, Nr Woodbridge IP12 3JQ on Saturday, March 24 at 7.30pm. Alex is a development officer with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, based at Carlton Marshes and will give us an insight into the continuing work and successes to date of this imaginative and important project. Alex explains: “Suffolk Wildlife Trust has the chance to buy and restore 384 acres of land for wildlife in the Broads National Park. The land links up three nature reserves that are home to some of the UK’s rarest wildlife. In every way, the scale of the opportunity Suffolk Wildlife Trust has now to buy the land flanking our Broadland nature reserve is unprecedented.” Alex’s stunning photographs and amazing enthusiasm for nature conservation will enhance what promises to be an evening not to be missed, so why not join us? Everyone is welcome and light refreshments will be available during the interval. Admission is £3, £1.50 for under 18s, and there is ample free parking. For directions and information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01394 411422
What is Probus? Probus clubs provide an opportunity for active retired or semi-retired gentlemen to attend regular meetings and enjoy the camaraderie of likeminded people who appreciate similar interests. We have social events, outings, and holidays which, of course, include spouses, partners and friends.
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If you think Orwell Probus Club could be for you, please contact our secretary, Graham Balfe, for further details: 01473 729012 / email@example.com
On Wednesday, April 4, John Benjamin, familiar to all those who watch The Antiques Roadshow, will give a talk to mark the Golden Jubilee of NADFAS. A History of Jewellery from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth Taylor is a lecture close to one given in early 1969 which looked at the evolution of design in jewellery. We will see beautiful things.
IPSWICH PHILATELIC SOCIETY We have two meetings in March. On Wednesday 7 we have a visit from the Colchester society who will display and talk on subjects that I am sure will entertain us all. Visiting societies are always interesting as you never know what you will see or hear. On Wednesday 21 we have a member’s competition, where members can display up to 10 pages of material of their choice. This usually provides us with a splendid evening as the displays are very diverse and often very unusual. Future dates for your diary April 4: Society Auction April 14: Society Stamp Fair Meetings are held at Cedarwood Primary School, Wilkinson Drive, Kesgrave, 7 for 7.30pm, visitors welcome. For further information contact Mike Smith: 01473 403904
BROKE HALL WI We would be pleased to meet any new ladies who would like to come and see what we do and maybe join in. We meet at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) on the second Friday of the month at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Bucklesham Road, Ipswich IP3 8TH. We also have monthly clubs, walks, meals out, darts, crafts, theatre trips, outing and visits. FORTHCOMING MEETINGS Friday, March 9: Trek for Life (Everest Base Camp) by Tina Oldfield Friday, April 13: Fused Glass Demo by Alison Mayston Friday, May 11: Resolutions and Bag Beetle Friday, June 8: Memories of a Career in Teaching by Ted Wheatley Friday, July 13: The Baron, the Policeman and the Mayor (an Ipswich Riot) by Linda Sexton For more information contact Sue (01473 414746) or Cynthia (01473 726068).
On Wednesday, March 7, Louise Schofield will present a talk entitled Rescuing Zeugma from the Floodwaters of the Euphrates.
Why not join us and enjoy good company and interesting talks? We meet at Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew on the first Wednesday of most months. Talks last about an hour, commencing at 2.15pm, with tea and coffee served from 1.30-2pm. Guests and non-members are welcome provided we have enough space. Exceptionally popular lectures will have a visitor limit of 20 spaces. Please contact Wendy Robbins in advance on 01394 823807 to check if there is available space. For the latest events and news please visit: www.orwelldfas.org.uk
IPSWICH BRANCH, SUFFOLK FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Thursday, March 22, 7.15pm: Joy Bounds presents A Song of their Own – The Fight for Votes by Women in and around Ipswich In 1918 about half of the country’s women were able to vote for the first time. Joy tells of the long campaign by women for this basic right, the forms of protest used, and particularly what local women did to support the cause. A story of courage and determination. Did one of your family get involved in this campaign? Local suffragette Constance Andrews is pictured surrounded by her supporters and bystanders on her release from Ipswich Prison in 1911. We meet at the Co-op Education Centre where the pedestrian entrance is at 11 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW, and the car park entrance is in Waterworks Street IP4 1JG. Admission is £2 for society members and £2.50 for non-members, who are warmly welcomed. You can join the society at the meeting if you wish. Tickets are not required, just turn up and pay on the door. For more information contact Howard on 01473 274300 or visit: www.suffolkfhs.org.uk
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OUT & ABOUT CRAFTERS UNLIMITED A craft club for people who like to try different crafts in a light hearted atmosphere with refreshments, we meet on the fourth Thursday of each month in Rushmere Village Hall from 7.30-10pm. Our next meeting is on Thursday, March 22. There are always other projects available with assistance from the committee and other club members. New members are always welcome. For more details contact: Jill 01473 713534 / Emma 01787 373850
IPSWICH & DISTRICT HISTORICAL TRANSPORT SOCIETY Wednesday, March 28: The Southwold Railway Past, Present & Future, an illustrated talk by John Ridgeway We meet at 7pm at the Salvation Army Citadel, 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Entrance via the rear car park. Visitors £3.50, members £1.50 including refreshments. Details from Martyn (01473 422145) or Peter (01394 420490). www.idhts.co.uk
PORTAL WOODLANDS CONSERVATION GROUP During January’s meeting of the group the Nature Explorers (11-18 year olds) learnt about the management of trees in the woodland, how they are graded according to their risk to users of the woodland, and what can be done to ensure that vital habitats for wildlife remain while not posing a danger to the tracks through the woods. The trees in the wood are regularly surveyed for any that need attention and after this most recent inspection, it was the job of the Nature Explorers to help with the recommendations of the survey. This involved cutting back branches and felling trees that threatened to fall on the paths. The working party focussed their efforts on widening a narrow section of the old perimeter track that now forms the main path through the woodland, clearing it of mud, fallen leaves, brambles and overhanging branches to allow easier access for cyclists and walkers alike. DATES FOR THE DIARY Volunteer Work Morning Saturday, March 17, 10am-noon Meet at the Education Area Tools, training and light refreshments provided All ages welcome; no need to book Nature Explorers (11-18 year olds) Saturday, March 17, 9-11am Please book a place via our email below Nature Watch Club (5-11 year olds) 2018 dates to be confirmed New volunteers of all ages and abilities are always welcome. No experience needed. For further information, please contact us at pwcg.martlesham@ gmail.com / 01473 612632, visit www.pwcg.onesuffolk.net or join our members’ Facebook group by messaging Duncan Sweeting. Nature Explorer and Young Volunteer George Pennick
An early spring hello to you all. Hopefully by the time you read this spring will definitely be showing her face – but at the time of writing there’s snow on the ground and my tortoise is very much still in hibernation (and me too!). March is the start of the allotment gardener’s year and as ever soil preparation is a must if you want decent crops without too many weeds impeding their growth. Get your seed order completed as soon as you can and if you have a greenhouse, wash all the seed trays and pots in disinfectant. It’s best to buy fresh seed compost if you can and make a start sowing some seeds so you have a ready supply of plants to either grow on in the allotment (suitably sheltered from frosts) or ready to plant out in rows in May, when the last frosts are over. If you have bare rooted fruit bushes, now is a good time to get them in the ground as damp soil is easier to dig. The bushes will have a better start and should be well rooted by the autumn. If you have pruned your black currant, white currant and red currant bushes and have some long straight cuttings about 18” long then now is a good time to plant them. Mark out a straight line and push a spade its complete length into the soil about one foot apart. Wiggle the spade to make a slit trench and push the cuttings as far as they will go into the trench leaving about 9” showing above ground. By autumn you will have a row of fresh plants that will develop into new bushes and start fruiting in two years. Don’t forget to clear away any dead leaves on your strawberry plants and clean the ground in between them. Apply a top dressing of general fertiliser too and use some fleece if you have any to protect flowers from frost. The thought of those summer strawberries fills me with hope for the warmer months ahead. Growing Your Own is a wonderful way to get fit, stress bust, relax and make new friends… and the produce tastes amazing too! We have a few plots available at our Rushmere St Andrew site, and would love to welcome new members. For more information, please contact our membership secretary, Angela Brown: 01473 612283 / firstname.lastname@example.org Sally Peckham
ORWELL FLOWER CLUB We started our spring meetings in January with a return visit from Helen Bird from Marks Tye with her demonstration entitled As the Days Lengthen. This was enjoyed by all who attended. We are looking forward to our next meeting on February 22 when local demonstrator Alan Smith presents Winter Creations, and on March 22 we will be having an Easter workshop tutored by Ann Marjorum. Visitors are welcome to all the meetings mentioned. The club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew IP4 5SU. Our demonstrations start at 7.15pm, but the doors open by 6.45pm to allow you to browse at our sales table and to buy raffle tickets for the arrangement created in the demonstration. Yearly subscriptions are due at the AGM in April; they are £40 and visitors are always welcome at £5 per meeting. For further details please contact Delcie Corbett: 01473 623371 / email@example.com
OUT & ABOUT / SCHOOLS INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WOODBRIDGE
In January the club held a cheese and wine afternoon at Grove Court Residential Home, at which the conversation flowed as well as the wine (or tea if preferred) and a most enjoyable afternoon was had by both residents and club members.
What is your favourite book? This month our pre-schoolers will enjoy dressing up as a favourite story character as we celebrate World Book Day on March 1. Pre-schoolers will also be celebrating mums (and nans) during our Mum’s Stay & Play week in the week commencing March 12.
At our February meeting we were treated to a very amusing talk by Christine Beedle entitled Essex Scrubber. Christine founded a cleaning company in the late 1970s. Her first contract was to clean the offices in the Willis Faber building in Ipswich; this contract was held for over 20 years, and the company went from strength to strength, with Christine achieving an award for Business Woman of the Year. This was later followed by an MBE for services to the cleaning industry – a chance to check out cleaning standards at Buckingham Palace! To encourage staff to stay, social events were held as well as a competition for Cleaner of the Year.
Our littlest learners will be busy exploring sounds, colours, textures and planting in our baby room, The Seedlings.
Since selling the business, Christine has written two books entitled The Essex Scrubber from which 50% of the profits are donated to local charities through the Rotary organisation.
The Saplings is open Monday-Friday from 7.30am-6pm for children ages three months to 11 years. We currently have limited spaces available in the babyroom and pre-school. We offer a baby room (three months-two years), pre-school (two-five years), breakfast club, after school club and holiday club sessions (ages two-11) and a walking bus to Birchwood Primary School. For more information, please contact our friendly team of dedicated and experienced staff – 01473 614753 / firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit: www.thesaplings.org.uk
Our next event will be the quiz night on Friday, March 9; for information please contact Deirdre Griffin on 01473 612049.
HEATHLANDS COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL & AFTER SCHOOL CLUB The children were excited to see the flurry of snow we had in February and enjoyed a short walk in it to post their Valentine’s Cards to their families. We held a lovely Loved Ones Lunch where parents and extended family were invited to come in and share a special lunch. We celebrated Chinese New Year with a noodle inspired snack and had a themed morning exploring Chinese culture. The children enjoyed making and tasting pancakes for Pancake Day. Plans for March are to make lovely cards and gifts for Mother’s Day and we look forward to supporting Comic Relief and having lots of fun in the process. We are holding a spring fayre on Saturday, March 24, 10am-2pm. There will be chance to paint and decorate wooden crafts, face-painting, hot food, cakes and a raffle. Put the date in your diary and come join the fun; everyone welcome. We will also be holding a spring bonnet parade for those wishing to take part. Heathlands is a well-established, committee-run pre-school situated in the grounds of Broke Hall Community Primary School. We can offer funded places for eligible two year olds and for all other children the term after their third birthday. A breakfast and after-school clubs are also available. We are pleased to accept applications for a place for terms starting April 2018 and beyond.
HEDGEHOG NURSERY AT GORSELAND PRIMARY SCHOOL We would like to say a huge thank you to our families from other cultures who supported our learning recently, which included Polish, French, Pakistani and Chinese cultures. The children tasted delicious foods, made models using recycled materials, heard stories in different languages, located places on maps and we even had some mums come in to talk to us about their cultures and share photographs with us. Traditional Stories is our current topic and we will be encouraging children to learn different tales and act them out. We will also be taking part in World Book Day celebrations where children can share their favourite stories from home. Nursery Lead Teacher Mrs J Florey Hedgehog Nursery is open Monday-Friday from 7.30am-6pm for three- and four-year-olds. If you would like more information please contact the School Office on 01473 623790 or visit: www.gorseland.net
Our Easter Afternnon Tea will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 1-3pm at The Saplings. Please join us for a fun afternoon of Easter craft activities, games and our popular Easter egg tombola. We are now taking bookings for our Easter Holiday Club (April 3-13), where our holiday clubbers can enjoy Easter-themed cooking, crafting activities and more!
MARTLESHAM & KESGRAVE PLAYSCHOOLS Wow, what an exciting start to the year! At Martlesham we have been exploring and learning about the local community, creating cards, letters and parcels to post in our post box, shopping with real food and making tasty soup. We have had a special visit where the children were able to learn about and try out brass instruments. Later this month we shall be getting bouncy with our sponsored bounce! We are focused on making sure your children get the best start in life educationally as well as developing those all important social skills that create and drive future success. As a team we continue to broaden experiences and value the input of family, friends and our committee members. We are positive that the future will bring further growth to the playschool and to your children, so please come along to our open mornings at Martlesham on Tuesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 22, both 9.30-11.30am, to have a look around. We will have craft activities for the children and cake decorating. You will have the opportunity to meet our dedicated staff who will be on hand to answer any questions. Please come and join us, light refreshments available. This month Kesgrave Playschool has seen opportunities for observing the change in season. We have looked closely at plants and flowers starting to grow, we have explored the local woodlands and listened to the sounds around us. Within the playschool garden our bulbs planted last autumn have sprung into life and we have looked closely at the different parts of daffodils and crocus, creating some lovely pictures. This has led to looking at how the children grow and the differences between us all, comparing baby photographs to what we look like now, creating self-portraits and portraits of each other. Towards the end of the month the children will be taking part in a sponsored Easter Welly Walk and hunting for Peppa Pig and friends. We would like to welcome parents and children looking for a playschool place to our open day at Kesgrave on Tuesday, March 20, 10-11.30am. Pop along and see what fun we get up to. We have a few very limited spaces available at both Kesgrave and Martlesham Playschools; join us at our open days or contact us for a chat about how we can offer 15 or 30 hours funded childcare over both settings, with year round spaces at Martlesham. Martlesham Playschool: Gorseland School, Deben Avenue, Martlesham IP5 3QR / 01473 625986 / email@example.com Kesgrave Playschool: Millennium Jubilee Hall, Millennium Way, Kesgrave IP5 2EN / 07746 907060 / firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Martlesham and Kesgrave Playschools
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This term the children have been busy doing the staff’s hair in their hairdressing salon. All appointments were made and kept, with a lot of shampoo and towels used. Everyone looks refreshed!
We ended the first half of term sadly for us having to say good-bye to Laura. Laura has been with us for four years and had made a positive impact on all children, parents and staff. On her last day we had a lovely party with dancing, games and a farewell cake. We wish you all the best Laura, you will be missed.
The Winter Wonderland Wow Workshop was a great time for parents to come in and play with their children and see what we do at playgroup. We played with the icy winter tray, made the penguins skate around in the snowy gloop and had a fun time creating snow and all things wintery. Our fundraisers have organised an Easter Hamper Raffle Draw to help us to add to the funds for the purchase of a shed to use as an outdoor room. We will use it for woodwork, small group work and as a role play space. Thank you to those families that think of us when they are having a sort out of toys that their children no longer need; we happily accept toys and books in good condition. If you are interested in a place for your child at a fantastic setting with amazing staff, it’s never too early to register with us. Put in your registrations for September 2018 now. Call in for a registration form, email us or visit our website. Three Bears Playgroup, Wilkinson Drive, Kesgrave, Ipswich, IP5 2ES 01473 635255 / email@example.com www.threebearsplaygroup.org.uk
BRIGHT STARS FUN ACTIVITY SESSIONS Fun activity sessions for pre-school aged children (0-5) from 10.30am-noon on the second and fourth Mondays of each month during term times at St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL.
We started the second half of term with the topic All About Me, where the children talked about what makes them unique in the world. This also focused on keeping safe and looking after ourselves. The children were visited by Brenda from the Community Dental Services and her helpful puppy Bramble and learnt all about healthy foods and keeping healthy with exercise. The children have lots of lovely cards and presents to make for Mother’s Day and are looking forward to mums, nanas, grandmas and aunties coming along and have afternoon tea with us. Why not come and visit our friendly atmosphere? You will be greeted by fully qualified and professional staff, and very happy children. We are situated inside Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Bell Lane. We are an Ofsted registered childcare provider for children from the age of two years onwards. As we are registered as ‘Good’, we can provide funded places for two-year-old children who have received Golden Tickets from Suffolk County Council. We can provide 30 hours of free childcare to children who are eligible the term after their third birthday. For more information regarding the government’s new Childcare Choices which offers parents tax-free childcare and 30 hours’ free childcare, visit: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk You can contact us on 07837 154081 (term time), Wendy Payne (manager) on 07816 505423, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would you like a fun start to your week, come along to Bright Stars with your parents, grandparents, friends, family and/or carers. These mornings are free and usually involve singing, games, making crafts to take home and telling stories from the Bible for the first half hour. We then have refreshments when the adults can chat and the children can play until approximately noon. You are welcome to come along to any of our mornings; just turn up, no need to let us know in advance. We look forward to seeing you. The remaining spring term dates are March 12 and 26. If you would like further information please contact: Sonya & Maureen Burrows: 01473 625196
LITTLE PLAYMAKERS COME TO KESGRAVE Following the success of our Tuesday morning sessions at Martlesham, we are excited to bring Little Playmakers to Kesgrave. Little Playmakers is a fun and friendly interactive craft and rhyme time session for children under five and their grown-ups. Each week there is a selection of crafts to make, playdough to encourage imagination and creativity, games, puzzles and toys, followed by refreshments and a noisy rhyme time to end the morning with. We also have a spacious baby play area at Kesgrave so parents can come along and meet new friends. This term our crafts will be based around spring, St Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter to name a few. There is no need to book; simply turn up and join in the fun. It’s just £4 per session (£1 per additional child), under 18 months £2 per session (term time only). Receive every sixth session free with a loyalty card. Mondays: 9.30-11am at Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave IP5 1JF Tuesdays: 9.45-11.30am at Martlesham Community Hall, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham IP12 4PB 07419 848921 / email@example.com
sport KESGRAVE CRICKET CLUB Well the season is edging nearer, our equipment has all been serviced, our groundsmen have been busy and we are starting to get very excited as we will be using our fantastic new practice nets for the first time. Our coaches have started the indoor junior cricket sessions and our senior net sessions start on Sunday, March 4 at Ipswich School. See our website for more details. We are always looking for new members so if you used to play and fancy getting back into the game, or have recently moved into the area, give us a look. Our facilities are excellent so why not give club captain Mike Worne a call on 07843 898999 if you want to join a progressive club or even help out as a coach or administrator? This year we will be running cricket coaching for ages five to eight as part of the ECB All-Stars initiative. To register visit: www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars Kesgrave is moving with the times and we now have our own mobile app where you can keep up to date with everything at the club, including getting live scores. Please register at www.kesgravecc.teamapp.com and also register on our website where fixtures will soon be posted: www.kesgravecricketclub.org.uk Finally, some very sad news. We have learned of the death of Ray Fordham (pictured). Ray is a legend in the history of Kesgrave Cricket Club and will be sorely missed by us all. Ray would come along and score for us whenever he could or just come and watch our games, often travelling to away games. He joining us on tour on many occasions and was affectionately nick-named ‘Sting Ray’. We send our love and best wishes to his family at this sad time. RIP Ray. Dickie Bard
IPSWICH WANDERERS FC Wanderers received a massive boost when star player Danny ‘Percy’ Thrower made his comeback recently against Haverhill Borough. Danny has been out for four months after suffering a leg injury earlier in the season. In the meantime, he has been assisting Mark Goldfinch and James Buckle in management duties. However, a fit Danny is the best fillip that the 1st Team could receive in our battle to avoid the drop. Our young team have battled on since our surprise home victory against league leaders Felixstowe & Walton and defeats have been narrow. With Danny back in the side, optimism is spreading that we might just escape the bottom three. If Wanderers don’t succeed in this quest, we will probably play next season in the FA’s new Eastern Senior League (North). The projected new non-league structure in East Anglia has been announced but has not yet been finalised. The league will be run by the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League and will replace the existing ECL Division 1. Either way, there will be plenty of exciting semi-professional football at The Doucy in 2018-2019. We hope to see you at The Doucy in March. Admission is £7 (£4) on the gate. We have a well-stocked bar, hot food, programmes, raffle, 50/50 draw. Our home 1st Team fixtures this month are: Saturday, March 3: H v Fakenham Town (KO 3pm) League Saturday, March 31: H v Haverhill Rovers (KO 3pm) League Monday, April 2: H v Godmanchester Rovers (KO 3pm) League For details please check: www.pitchero.com/clubs/ipswichwanderers There will also be fixtures for our Under-18s, Ladies, Academy and Youth teams, and Wanderers Bingo in the clubhouse has started again. Check the website for details (the third Friday of the month, eyes down at 8pm). Keith Lloyd
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KESGRAVE BOWLS CLUB Firstly, a Happy New year to you all. The new season isn’t too far away and hopefully the weather will be kind to us and all bowlers whichever club they play for. A polite reminder that our pre season meeting is on Wednesday, April 4 at 7pm in the Bowls Pavilion, when I will be able to issue the fixture lists for the 2018 season. The open day drive is Saturday, April 14; please arrive by 1.30pm at the latest. I look forward to seeing you all on both days. Again, if there are any bowlers or novice bowlers who would like to discuss joining Kesgrave Bowls Club, please contact me or alternatively come along on the pre-season meeting when we can have a chat.
Kesgrave, Northgate and Associated Karate Clubs had their annual presentation evening on January 6, which was, as always, a fantastic night! This is an opportunity for the club to come together and acknowledge the hard work put in by club members. Award winners are listed below. Northgate Student of the Month: Dylan Barnes Most Improved: Lewis Martin Best Beginner: Alayna Flower Northgate Red Dragons Student of the Year: Ava Nurse Most Improved: Miriam Scott Best Beginner: Finn Anderson Hurst Kesgrave – main class Student of the Year: Riagan Huq Most Improved: Eva Palmer Best Beginner: Rhys Hope Kesgrave Red Dragons Student of the Year: Holly Betthell Most Improved: Dalton Gifford Best Beginner: John Said Pair Kata Award: Alana Finch and Sofia Standring Team Kata Awards: Amelia Clow, Sophie Swann and Jessica Etherington Individual Kata Award: Lilly Melton Kumite Competitor of the Year: Georgina Lawson Overall Kumite Competitor of the Year: Ruby Hunt The Northgate & Associated Karate Clubs Outstanding Student of the Year 2017 was Lauren Berry. In January, Tayler Evans and Ruby Hunt competed at the EKF KYU Grade National Championships in Leicester. Both fought really well but no medals this time. The club travelled to the Hamburg Open Karate Championships on February 2 where teams from all over Europe were in attendance. Lauren Berry took home a bronze medal for her performance in individual kata. Well done to all the competitors! There are several competitions coming up in both the UK and in Poland over the next few months so hopefully we will have news of more club achievements in next month’s article. After the huge success of the last one, the club is holding a second race night on Saturday, March 3 at Greshams. All family and friends are welcome. It’s a great way to help support these amazing young athletes and their families with the costs of entering competitions as all the money raised will be going into club funds. If you would like to (or know of anyone that would like to) sponsor a race, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Nickie Witmore for more information.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my son Tony on his marriage to Sally on February 5. They truly make a lovely couple and I am so happy for them both. It was a fantastic day and I am sure you join me in wishing them a long happy, healthy life together. Again if anyone wishes to find out about our bowls club, please do not hesitate to contact me. Joyce: 01473 626075
BIXLEY FARM CHURCH AT THE TOWER In February, Bixley Farm Church will have been based at Tower Hall for six months and we are pleased to see more new people have joined our church family that transferred from St John’s and St Andrew’s. As a new church together we are looking forward to our first Easter on Bixley Farm. While the Christmas story is very familiar, the relevance of Easter and its message for all is not always clear and today has been overtaken by eating chocolate eggs, visions of daffodils and cute Easter bunnies. But the historical events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ continues to offer its message of forgiveness and hope for all, even in the darkest of times. Whether the darkness is within us, in the failures and disappointments of our own lives, or in the lives of others and society generally, the church continues to declare and serve as witness to God’s ultimate restoration of all things. As the dying thief on the cross next to Jesus found, with God, it’s never too late to turn our lives around. So on April 1, Easter Day, come along a little earlier to our family event at 3.30pm at Tower Hall to find out about the real meaning behind Easter. We will have an egg hunt for the children and an opportunity to hear the Easter story retold for all to understand. This will be followed by our usual tea with cakes and hot cross buns. Everyone is welcome! As mentioned in a previous article, as Christians in Bixley Farm we are not only looking just to worship locally but we wish to be able to serve the local community in offering opportunities for people to join together. We are planning to start some midweek activities and will be announcing details at our Easter service. We would love to involve more local people in these so if you are interested please come along and find out. As always, everyone is welcome to join us each Sunday for our regular weekly service at Tower Hall from 4-5pm, whether you already have a Christian faith, whether you want to find out more why Easter matters or if you just want someone to talk to. There are opportunities to speak to clergy or other members of the church, time for prayer and Holy Communion is celebrated every other Sunday. Bixley Farm Church (CofE) was initiated by St John’s, Cauldwell Hall Road and St Andrew’s, Britannia Road (collectively called Mission Ipswich East). For further information/questions visit www.mie.org/bixley or contact: email@example.com / 01473 270978
CHURCH NEWS I’m sad to say it but some Christians give Christianity a bad name! Even those who reach the highest positions and call themselves followers of Christ can act in a very un-Christlike manner. We should always be on our guard to make sure that their (and our) actions match their (and our) words. When Jesus walked the earth as a man He taught that we should love one another so, with that in mind, all our actions should be done on the basis of loving and caring for others to the point of putting them first and ourselves second. This is, of course, much easier to say than to do, but we must try our utmost to follow that positive way of thinking. Join us on Sunday mornings at 11.30am (Café and Children’s Church 10.30am) at The Ark Church, The Drift, Nacton Road, Ipswich IP3 9QR. You can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter @arkipswich or online at: www.arkipswich.co.uk Visit www.arkipswich.co.uk for updates on what’s happening at the Ark and have a blessed March.
Declaring God’s Way - Sharing His Love At the time of writing there is a light falling of snow and it is very cold. At the same time, bulbs are beginning to show signs of life and there are snowdrops and daffodils to see in the gardens around us, all reminding us that springtime isn’t too far away. We thank God for the seasons of the year and how they never fail us. We warmly invite you to share with us as we celebrate Easter. EASTER SERVICES Palm Sunday, March 25 10.45am All-Age Worship led by David Roberts 6.30pm Evening Worship led by Rob Foster Maundy Thursday, March 29 7.30pm Communion
ALL SAINTS CHURCH Sally Wainman, one of our readers, wrote the following as a reflection on silence, beginning with a quote from Mother Theresa: “We need to find God and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness; God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun how they move in silence.“ What does silence do? • It can give us a break from ourselves • It creates a space into which something new can flow or something old be released • It helps us towards being rather than doing all the time (think of Martha and Mary) • It can act as an anchor • It gives God a chance to get a word in We need to find God and he is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. It’s good to make our own experiments (to find our peace and quiet) and see what, if anything, makes a difference. Let me know!
Easter Day, Sunday, April 1 10.45am Morning Worship led by Hazel Hunting (Minister-in-Training) 6.30pm Evening Worship including Communion led by Hazel Hunting MESSY CHURCH An afternoon of fun, crafts, stories and tea for families with young children. We are planning to hold Messy Church from 2-4pm on the following dates: Saturdays, June 9, September 8 and November 2 Our usual activities are as follows: Monday
6.15pm: FFaF (Youth Group for Years 2-6) 7.15-8.45pm: Spring (Youth Group for Year 7+)
Wednesday 2.30pm: Rag Tag Club (conversation, games) at on the first Wednesday 2.30pm: Friendship Hour (guest speakers, tea and chat) on the second Wednesday 7.30-9.30pm: Weekly Art & Craft Class
Good Friday at All Saints: March 30
12.30pm: Luncheon Club 7.30pm: Thirst (discussion group for Year 10+),
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9.15-11am: Rushmere Ducklings (babies and tots group)
12.15pm: Egg Decorating and Soup Lunch Provided
Saturday 10.30am-noon: Coffee Morning on the fourth Saturday of each month
1.15pm: Egg Rolling Competition 2pm in church: Traditional Service (suitable for adults) 2pm in the hall: FIG Family (suitable for all ages) Join in with as much or as little as you can. SERVICES AT ALL SAINTS Our basic pattern is that every Sunday we have services at 8.30am (BCP Communion), 10am (Modern yet traditional service with All-Age alternative) and 6.30pm (Evensong). There isn’t enough space to mention our myriad of tweaks and alternatives, but please visit www.askegrave.org.uk or email Charlotte to receive our fortnightly notices: email@example.com
Good Friday, March 30 10.30am Morning Worship With friends from Rushmere Christian Fellowship (crèche and activities for under-11s) followed by hot cross buns and drinks. Join us afterwards for a picnic, ramble and all-age activities at Playford Village Hall. All welcome.
Sunday 10.45am: Morning Worship (with a crèche and groups for ages three-18) 5.30 or 6.30pm: Evening Worship (traditional style service once a month) Annual Holiday Club: Planned for Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3 For more information visit: www.rushmerebaptist.org.uk Minister: Rev Heather Marsden Secretary: Mrs Jean Cutting Church Telephone Number: 01473 721455
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