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So football season has ended! I’m not exactly a fanatic, but since Jack started playing our weekends are planned around his fixtures (insofar as we ever have a plan). I have spent many, many, many cold and blustery mornings on the sidelines since last September and now it’s getting a little warmer, it all stops and cricket takes over! I propose a swap; winter cricket and summer football. Perhaps I’ll start a petition. Camogie (women’s version of hurling) was always my game, but it’s interesting being the parent rather than the player. Mostly I just want Jack to be safe, but a win always makes for a better weekend. When we lose, the post-match analysis goes on and on and on... Every move, every injury, every tiny transgression is discussed adinfinitum and then re-enacted just to prove the point. I feign interest, but usually I’m more focused on defrosting my fingers and toes. All that aside I will miss my Saturday mornings with the mums and dads who turn up whatever the weather. We’ve become quite good friends, as have the boys, and it’s fun to spend time with people who share a common interest, some more vocally than others! I suppose that’s why I get so many submissions from groups and clubs eager to welcome visitors or participants, and I hope those of you looking to connect with others find what you need within these pages. For some the opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat may suffice, while others might want to find a new hobby or try a new activity. Getting fit might be your priority or you may want to expand your knowledge of a particular subject by attending talks and demonstrations. Finding people with a similar mind-set, who share your interest and welcome you with open arms is, and I mean this sincerely, life-changing. I’ve seen it happen with my mum. She started playing bridge about five years ago and has made so many new friends as a result. In the last two years she lost one of her best friends to cancer and another moved away to live near her family. Without her bridge ‘gang’ mum would be lost and just as they have supported her through difficult times, she has supported them. If you’re feeling a bit isolated or lonely, I hope you find someone or something in the following pages which encourages you to reach out. And if you know someone who would enjoy or benefit from an opportunity to get out and about, perhaps you could be the one who makes it happen. As I could now that my Saturday mornings are mine again for a little while.

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NATURE’S VALUE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS Come and admire Nature’s Value as captured by the best and brightest entries in the Suffolk Marine Pioneer Photography Competition. The exhibitions are being held to help illustrate the importance of the natural world in supporting our day-to-day lives, in what is now called ‘natural capital thinking’. They are supported by Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are free to browse. The Longshed Mezzanine, Woodbridge IP12 1FP Saturday 8 June: 3-6pm Sunday 9 June: 10am-4pm Monday 10 June: noon-6pm Tuesday 11 June: noon-6pm Wednesday 12 June: noon-6pm Ipswich County Library, Northgate Street, Ipswich IP1 3DE June 17-29: Viewing available during library opening hours

IPSWICH DEMENTIA GROUP Brain injury charity Headway Suffolk runs a monthly social support group for people living with dementia in Ipswich. It takes place every second Friday of the month at St Augustine’s Church, Bucklesham Road in Ipswich from 11.45am to 3.15pm. The person with dementia must be accompanied by a carer. The group partake in a variety of stimulating and engaging games and activities. It costs £6.50 per person, which includes a fish and chip lunch and refreshments. The next group meeting is on Friday 14 June. Find out more at: Can you volunteer some time to help us? The group relies on the goodwill of volunteers to help in the kitchen, with preparations and tidying away, as well as engaging clients in discussion and with various activities, such as indoor games, cognitive exercises and singing. If you would like to make a referral or want to volunteer, please contact Maureen Howes: 01473 712225 /

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2019 NEW ANGLE PRIZE SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED Family, growing up and the impact of change in uniquely East Anglian communities are themes which permeate the six books on the shortlist for the 2019 New Angle Prize for Literature. The competition, organised by the Ipswich Institute, aims to celebrate and encourage excellence in the regional literature of East Anglia. There is an open entry format with no separate categories and the Judges have selected six varied works from an entry of thirty-five entries from which the £2,000 winner and £500 runner-up will be chosen. The competition is kindly sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors and Scrutton Bland accountants. The shortlist consists of three novels; All Among the Barley by Melissa Harrison, Devoured by Anna Mackmin and The Great Level by Stella Tillyard; a volume of poetry with Esther Morgan’s The Wound Register; and two non-fiction works, Low Country, Brexit on the Essex Coast by Tom Bolton and Self & I by Matthew De Abaitu. The ultimate prize-winners will be announced at a presentation dinner to be held at Hintlesham Golf Club on Wednesday 3 July. This event, hosted by Leslie Dolphin from BBC Radio Suffolk, is an opportunity to meet the shortlisted authors and listen to the Judges’ review of all six books. Suffolk Libraries are running a Readers’ Choice competition in conjunction with the New Angle Prize and the winner will also be announced at this event. Tickets are £30, which includes a three-course meal with wine and full details are available from Ipswich Institute. 01473 253992 / Twitter: @PrizeNewAngle

ACTIVGARDENS ON HOSPICE GREAT GARDEN TRAIL Volunteers are pulling out all the stops in preparation for ActivGardens open garden event as part of St Elizabeth Hospice Great Garden Trail. On Saturday, June 15, Chantry Walled Garden invites members of the public to browse our selection of bee and butterfly-friendly perennials and annuals, enjoy a stroll along our flower borders, and enjoy a cuppa and homemade cake in Nursery Cottage garden. • The garden will be open from 10am to 3pm. • Entrance to each garden will be £3 (children free). Proceeds will be shared between the two charities. • Parking is available at or near both gardens, and there is wheelchair access to most areas. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on leads. St Elizabeth Hospice’s Great Garden Trail runs throughout spring and summer to help generate the funds the hospice needs for its invaluable services. For more information and a full list of gardens involved, together with maps: Historic Chantry Walled Garden, Chantry Park, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich IP2 0BS, has flower borders and vegetable growing areas, extensive glasshouses, and a courtyard garden designed for wheelchair users, enabling older people to carry on gardening. Young people on work placement learn about horticulture here and volunteers from the local community help tend the garden and grow plants. • We accept placements at both gardens, by arrangement.

MY SPIRIT SANG ALL DAY A fundraising concert in aid of Ipswich Hospital Critical Care Outreach Service Due to personal experience of the Critical Care Outreach Service, Teresa Booth decided to organise a concert in aid of the Colchester and Ipswich Hospital Charity.

• Volunteers are welcome at both sites. Future events: Thursday, September 12 – Autumn Plant Fair at Chantry Walled Garden; Friday, October 11 – CRESS Market, with CRESS Christmas on Friday, December 6. We regret there will be no Big Garden Party this year – we are having a year off! But please come along to enjoy all our other events and opportunities.

The service provides support during the transition from critical care where the patient is used to one-to-one nursing, to being one of a number of patients sharing a medical team on a ward. The concert will take place at 3pm on Sunday, June 30 at Henley Community Centre and all proceeds from ticket sales will be given to the charity. There will be performances from Gippeswyk Singers, Suffolk Soul Singers and Shingle Street Folk Band (pictured). There will also be instrumental and vocal solos performed by other local musicians. The concert will showcase a wide variety of musical styles including classical, folk, soul and gospel music. Tickets cost £10 and are available (preferably in advance) from choir members, by emailing or on the door.


PLAY QUIZGO Sunday, June 9, 7.30pm at Kesgrave Social Club on Edmonton Road Maximum six per team, £2.50 each Licenced bar, food available in the interval For further information contact Carol Negus: 07922 155181

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NEWS MARTLESHAM BRASS Making music fun in East Anglia You can catch the intermediate band at Kirton PCC Church Fete on Saturday 8 June from 12.45pm, and the main band at St Elizabeth Hospice Suffolk Remembers event on Felixstowe Seafront on Friday 21 June from 8.30pm. 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 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 email or use the contact details below. Publicity Officer Liz Howard: / 01473 625617

THE ROGER DAVID BURROWS MUSIC FUND Back by popular demand, Amazing Archaeological Discoveries – Prehistoric, Roman and Saxon Archaeology along the East Anglia One Cable Route by archaeologist Andy Peachey

FAREWELL CONCERT FOR ORWELL SINGERS’ MUSICAL DIRECTOR Gloria Wilson, musical director of The Orwell Singers, will be retiring from conducting the choir this summer after 22 years. During her time as musical director, the choir has performed in the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year competition and at the Suffolk Festival. The choir has also appeared on the classical stage of Music in the Park in Ipswich and has carried out concerts for local organisations in aid of charity and been hired to sing at weddings. Some of the highlights of the past 22 years have been joint concerts with the Barry Male Voice Choir from Wales and West End Singers in Southampton. The choir has also travelled abroad to Germany, France, Belgium and The Netherlands to perform concerts. Gloria’s farewell concert with The Orwell Singers will be on Saturday, June 1 at 7.30pm at St Michael and All Angel’s Church, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL. The music will encompass the last 22 years of music making. Entrance of £8 can be paid at the door and will include refreshments. The choir is seeking a new musical director and new members. If you are interested or would like more details please contact: 01473 635955 /

Join us at St Michael’s Church Centre, The Drift, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL at 7.30pm on Monday 24 June. Admission by ticket only with light refreshments and a raffle. The venue is fully accessible with adjacent free parking. For tickets (£5) please send a stamped self-addressed envelope to The Burrows Family, 17 Squires Lane, Martlesham Heath IP5 3UG with cheques payable to ‘The Roger David Burrows Music Fund’. Further information about the event and the music fund: 01473 625196 /


Open from 11am-4pm every Sunday and bank holiday until October. Come along and see our exhibition of the history of Suffolk aviation. Full size replica of Edith Cook’s Bleriot, and many other interesting exhibits. Tearoom and picnic area, free admission and parking. For further information contact Colin Durrant: / 01473 677517


Supporting the St Elizabeth Hospice Garden Trail with Stonham Barn Owls making a rare road trip and a Blue Cross Dog Show (does your dog have the waggiest tail?). Dogs must be on leads. Gardens open from 11am-7pm, fete from 2-5pm with all the usual stalls, tea and cake, music and a cake and biscuit decorating competition (details on website). £5 entry, under-18s free. For more Information and to purchase tickets go to:


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out & about ORWELL DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETY Our talks throughout the year cover a broad spectrum of art and are delivered within a relaxed and welcoming environment. June 1 will be our last talk  before the summer break and  is titled  The Age of Jazz.  We are looking forward to meeting the guest speaker, Sandy Burnett, a musician and broadcaster whose  varied career  embraces broadcasting, conducting, playing double bass and communicating  his passion for music. For over a decade Sandy was one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. This included hosting the breakfast  show and live broadcasts from the Proms and Edinburgh Festival. He recently won silver in the Specialist Music Category of the PPI Radio awards. Our talks will resume September 4 when Anne Haworth will present a talk entitled Porcelain for the Chinese Emperors. The talk will be preceded by our Annual General Meeting We meet at Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew on the first Wednesday of most months. The meeting begins at 2.05pm and lasts about an hour with tea and coffee are available from 1.30pm. For the latest events and news please visit:

ICUSTEPS SUPPORT GROUP For critical care patients on the road to recovery

We meet at Bluebird Lodge Community Hospital, 100 Mansbrook Boulevard, Ipswich IP3 9GJ from 6-8pm on: July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6 and December 4. For more information email or visit:

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING Join us ar St John’s URC Hall, Cowper Street, Ipswich on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 8pm. For more information contact: Helen at / 01473 717979 John at / 01473 710406

IPSWICH AND DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB Join us on the last Wednesday every month (excluding July & August) for a three-course lunch followed by an interesting speaker and a prize raffle. On the second Wednesday we meet for coffee and a chat. In July and August, and at Christmas, our wives, partners and friends are invited to join us. They also accompany us to theatres, shows, musicals and trips to places of interest in East Anglia and beyond. Why not come and meet other gentlemen, all retired or semi-retired and from a wide range of careers, interests and backgrounds? Our objective is to provide fellowship for members and their families. Prospective new members are always welcome and there is no requirement to have belonged to any other organisation previously. If you wish to join us, as a guest initially, or require further details, please contact our secretary, Malcolm Kemp: 07711 689130 /

OAK TREE LOW CARBON FARM Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm in Rushmere St Andrew has always been ahead of the curve. It pioneers new ways of farming that benefit both people and the planet. It provides freshly harvested food to more than 50 local households using organic growing methods which support abundant wildlife at the farm. Back in 2012 when it was set up, few people understood the need to be lowcarbon. Today, thankfully, we are more aware of climate change and the need to urgently reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Being part of the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture Scheme is one way to reduce your carbon emissions compared to buying supermarket food shipped from far flung places and grown using a cocktail of artificial chemicals. At Oak Tree you will be able to enjoy freshly harvested local food – and you will know where it is grown, how it is grown and you may even wish to help grow it yourself! It seems Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm may finally be coming of age as more people move to low-carbon living. The good news is that the farm is expanding its membership so that more people can become part of its scheme. And this expansion has come about thanks to generous funding from District Councillor Stuart Lawson’s Enabling Budget. The farm has been able to invest in new equipment to expand and improve its food growing and is very grateful to Councillor Lawson for his support. You can find out more about the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture Scheme at the farm’s open day on Saturday 22 June between 10am and 4pm. The farm will also welcome special guests Ipswich Wildlife Group on the day. Ipswich Wildlife Group is a charity which encourages people to help local wildlife. Martin and the team will bring bird boxes, bug boxes, hedgehog homes and much more. You will be able to make your own wildlife home or buy a ready-made one and IWG can provide advice about how to support wildlife in your garden or place of work. Farm tours and refreshments will also be available and the event, of course, takes place as part of the Suffolk Day Big Weekender. More details can be found online or contact Sue Hall: / 07954 289490

MARTLESHAM HISTORY SOCIETY Monday, June 10: Ipswich Friars by Elizabeth Serpell Did you know that Ipswich was home to a number of communities of friars and other religious orders before the Reformation? Who were they, where did they live and what remains to be seen of their houses? Interested, then come along and find out. Meetings are held in Martlesham Heath Pavilion and start at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.50 and meetings are open to all.

IPSWICH & DISTRICT HISTORICAL TRANSPORT SOCIETY Ipswich & District Historical Transport Society (IDHTS) is seeking to appoint a replacement chairperson. The current chairman, Martyn Hunt, is retiring after holding this position since September 1996. The volunteer position is open to anyone, preferably with a transport interest. You will head up a buoyant and very successful local society with an extremely supportive committee. Recently the society appealed successfully for a replacement secretary and subsequently appointed David Kerridge. Interested parties should contact Martyn Hunt (01473 422145) or David Kerridge (01473 424904).



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OUT & ABOUT PLAYING BRIDGE AT A BRIDGE CLUB Have you always wanted to play bridge at a bridge club, but have always managed to find a way of talking yourself out of it? Or have you played at a bridge club and stopped going because you found it a bit intimidating? It has become clear to us at Ipswich and Kesgrave Bridge Club that we need to offer a way for people to make the transition from completing a bridge course and/or from playing regular social bridge to playing in a club environment. We know from talking to the students who attend our courses that most want to join a club but are wary of doing so – worried that they will not be good enough. If you think this is you, we are creating an opportunity to play on Thursday nights with people who also feel they are in this category. This will start in July. If you want to join us, check on our website as we get closer to July for further details or contact me at:

I always think of June as strawberry season and the first month of summer. Let’s hope the weather thinks so too! The generally warmer weather and longer sunny days mean that watering is a regular demand on your time from now on. I find if I hoe or ‘tickle’ the ground with a fork before watering it helps the water to get into the ground. Watering later in the evening also means there’s less chance of the water evaporating. Gloria, my tortoise, is back to roaming the garden for the summer and can be quite useful when it comes to eating up any spare salad and veg like thinned out seedlings or over ripe tomatoes. There should be plenty of harvesting going on now including: peas, broad beans, lettuce, raddish, beetroot, spring onions, cabbage, rhubarb and strawberries. But Asparagus should be finishing by the end of the month. Add some fertiliser around them to help with next year’s crop. It’s also the time to plant out veg that you may have grown from seed or bought as seedlings: beans, leeks, pumpkins, sweetcorn, sprouts, courgettes, cauliflowers, celeriac, squashes, outdoor tomatoes and cucumbers. I was given some unusual/novelty seeds for Christmas including red spouts, purple carrots and yellow courgettes so will be interested to see if the seedlings produce some brightly coloured produce! Unfortunately, this is the season for pests like thrips, aphids and blackfly so keep a watchful eye. Soapy spray – like diluted washing up liquid – is very effective and very cheap.

U3A IS OPEN TO ALL The title may be a bit misleading. U3A, or University of the Third Age, is in no way a university! It’s a members’ run group of older individuals who want to get as much as possible out of life. There’s no entry qualification and no barriers. All that U3A asks is that you come along with an open mind, be prepared to join in and contribute to one or more of the many activities on offer. And the range of activities is huge, with everything from walking to knitting, astronomy to Spanish, scrabble to Shakespeare. The speaker programme includes talks on different topics at various venues. Upcoming ones are listed below. The U3A Open Day on Friday 6 September from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Kesgrave Community Centre gives members and potential members notice to see what is on offer for the coming year.

We don’t have any spare plots at the moment, but do contact us if you’d like to go on our waiting list. Contact our membership secretary, Angela Brown: 01473 612283 / Sally Peckham

DEBEN FLOWER CLUB On Tuesday 11 June at 7.30pm Linda Kingcott from Leigh-on-Sea in Essex will present a demonstration entitled The Green Man and Friends in Kirton Church Hall, Church Lane, Kirton IP10 0PU. Visitors are always assured of a warm welcome so why not join us for a fun and entertaining evening? The beautiful floral designs will be raffled at the end of the evening and coffee and biscuits will be served.

Friday 24 May, 10.30am at Woodbridge Community Hall The Boy who Burned the Barn by Jonathan Belsey An account of a crime in 1844 that resulted in transportation


Monday 10 June, 2pm at Kesgrave Community Centre IP5 1JF Annual General Meeting

Friday, July 12: Silver and Gem Stones with Marianne Brame

U3A promises a warm welcome to existing and potential members. Membership details are available online or call the membership secretary on 0300 123 3913.

Friday, June 14: Active Lives with Julie Stokes Friday, September 13: Hats and the Art of Flower Making by Magdelaine Snowden 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. For more information contact Sue (01473 414746) or Cynthia (01473 726068).


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OUT & ABOUT / SCHOOLS FREE FLOWER ARRANGING TASTER DAY On Saturday 14 September, Ipswich Flower Club will be holding a free workshop with Adele Kent as the tutor at St Augustine’s Church Hall from 10am to 3pm. You will make two flower arrangements during the day with a break for a packed lunch. If you would like more details or to book a place, please phone Stella on 01473 711946. We would also like to invite you to our next meeting on June 10 when Brenda Eyers will present a demonstration called Bursting Out All Over. The meeting starts at 2pm at St Augustine’s Church Hall on Bucklesham Road. There is a visitor’s fee of £5. You will be warmly welcomed if you just turn up, or for more information please contact Janet on 01473 415749. The demonstrator on 8 July will be Shirley Perkins whose presentation is entitled Nice To See You. Ipswich Flower Club meets on the second Monday afternoon of the month. We also have six Friday afternoon workshops during the year which are suitable for all standards. The workshop on 28 June will be a tapestry/pave arrangement and will be tutored by Janet Phillimore. If you are interested in the workshop which will cost £5, please phone Stella on 01473 711946 for more details and to book a place.

IPSWICH RSPB LOCAL GROUP Ipswich RSPB Local Group has a full programme of walks over the summer. These are free and include: Upper Hollesley Common for nightjars, Rushmere Common and Foxhall, Landguard Nature Reserve, The Grove, Felixstowe, Wrabness and Christchurch Park. Walks are expertly led and there is always someone willing to help those less experienced with bird identification. Details of all walks including date, time, meeting place (we always use map references for these to avoid confusion) and suitable clothing can be found by contacting us in any of the ways set out below. Indoor meetings recommence in September with Costa Rica Explored with Ian Barthorpe, RSPB Minsmere Visitor Experience Officer who will be well known to many. Talks take place on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in Rushmere St Andrew Church Hall, The Street, Rushmere IP5 1DH between September and April (inclusive). You don’t need to be a member of either the national organisation or local group. Charges, which include refreshments, are £5 for non-members and £2.50 and £2.30 (concessions) for members of the local group. Young people under 16 (who must be accompanied) are free. Further information for both indoor and outdoor meetings can be found at, on Twitter @IpswichRSPB, RSPB Ipswich Local Group on Facebook or by calling 01394 809236.

MARTLESHAM HEATH AVIATION SOCIETY Friday, June 7, 7.30-10pm: From Fast Jet to Wobbly Head Presented by Sally Dearman Cumming In October 1984 parachutist and private pilot Sally Dearman Cummings flew herself into Royal Air Force Cranwell for Initial officer training. Following six years’ service as a fighter controller she transferred to the pilot branch, becoming the first woman through the RAF’s fast-jet flying training system, later retraining as a rotary (helicopter) Search and Rescue pilot. We meet at Martlesham Heath Community Centre on Felixstowe Road. Entry is £3 for members and £4 for non-members. 01473 274300 / As part of events to celebrate Suffolk Day, a special free two-house guided walk of Martlesham Heath Airfield site, looking at what remains of this extensive airfield with associated stories and descriptions, will take place on Sunday, June 23 from 10.30am. Meet at the Control Tower Museum (free and easy parking) behind Parkers Place, off Eagle Way. Wear sensible shoes, well behaved dogs welcomed. The museum will be open when you return. Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum is now open every Sunday afternoon from 2-5pm.

HEATH PRIMARY SCHOOL NURSERY This term we have journeyed into the realms of superheroes. Our first adventure took us into the past as we discovered historical heroes, learnt how to be brave and gallant knights, daring princesses and majestical dragons. The children were getting quite excited wanting to unveil their surprise role play area and had a magical time in Rapunzel’s tower and reading the traditional tale of The Princess and the Pea. We have read fantastical comic capers of storybook superheroes and the famous super spud Supertato. Our role play has become a lair for our superheroes where children have enjoyed dressing up and saving the day with their super powers and trusty sidekicks. The children have loved defeating the evil pea, discovering potato mashers at the tuff spot and have created some beautiful watercolour super veggie paintings, ripped paper Supertato collages and real life mini-me Supertatos and Super Carrots. Writing speech bubbles in the comic book style has brought the children’s characters to life. Next, we will be discovering the real life superheroes living in our community. The children will learn what it’s like to be a vet and care for animals and will be invited to bring a pet (a toy one of course) into school. NURSERY SPACES – SEPTEMBER 2019 Our school nursery is full at the moment, but we are accepting applications and allocating places for September 2019, although places are filling up fast If you would like to find out more about our fantastic, teacher-led school nursery and see us in action, you can call the school office on 01473 622806 and arrange an appointment for a guided tour at a time that is convenient to you. Nursery Teacher Helen Whatley

HEATHLANDS COMMUNITY PRE-SCHOOL Heathlands is a well-established, committeerun 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. Breakfast and afterschool clubs our also available. We are pleased to accept applications for September 2019 and beyond. UPCOMING EVENTS Monday, June 17, 7.30pm: Open Evening for perspective pre-school children Saturday, July 13, 10am-1pm: Summer Fair – everyone welcome Our theme this term is Around the World and we have transformed our playroom into a travel agents and are looking at different cultures and places around the world. Our playhouse is now a fully operational farm shop and the children are enjoying selling different produce. We have all enjoyed learning new skills during our Skills and Cultures week and been learning musical instruments, singing, Bollywood dancing, Zumba and ended the week with a Kinder Carnival. Our open evening is a great chance for parents of prospective pre-school children to hear what we have to offer, visit the setting and meet the team. If you are interested, please telephone Marie Fennell on 01473 417517 to book a place. Our summer fair is open to everyone, please come and join us for the usual fun of the fair. We have a fancy dress competition for best dressed superhero and princesses – we look forward to seeing you there!



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SCHOOLS / SPORT SUMMER TERM AT BRIGHT STARS Fun activity sessions for pre-school aged children with parents, grandparents, friends, family and/or carers on the second and fourth Mondays of each month during term times from 10.30am-noon at St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL. Sessions are free and usually based on a theme. They normally include singing, games, crafts and Bible stories. After each session we have refreshments, when the adults can chat and the children can play until approximately noon. The next session dates for the summer term are June 10 and 24 and July 8. Just turn up, there’s no need to let us know in advance. For further information please contact Sonya and Maureen Burrows: 01473 625196


ANYONE FOR CROQUET? Ipswich Club Open Day, Sunday, June 9 Ipswich Croquet Club has been a part of Ipswich society for over 100 years, and more recently has produced world and national champions. This year two of its juniors have been selected for the World Schools Championships. Once a sport rated second only to cricket in this country it remains an enthralling game combining physical skill with mental agility. Today croquet is played as much for fun as competitively by people of all backgrounds and ages. In 1900 it became the first Olympic sport to include women. To celebrate this great sport the club is holding a free entry open day on its lawns at Fynn Valley from 10.30am to 3.30pm. This will be a great day out and for many a chance to try something a little different. All the equipment will be provided and club members will be on hand if required to show you the ropes. All you need is a pair of flat-soled shoes. Cakes and refreshments will be available at the pavilion, and the fabulous new Café Terrace will be serving food and drink including a great Sunday lunch which is well worth booking (01473 785267).

We held our annual dinner on April 11 at Woodbridge Golf Club. Twenty-four members and guests attended, and we were very well looked after. Thanks to Judith Longman and Bob Wellington for organising the customary after dinner quiz. The club competitions have now been completed. Most have already been reported, but in the two remaining finals Bob Wellington beat Vic Harrup in the Men’s Singles, and Vic Harrup beat Gordon Levett to take the Club Championship. Following on from our success in becoming Second Division champions, we played a friendly match against Bealings, who ended the season as Third Division champions. It was an enjoyable evening that provided the opportunity for both teams to be presented with their trophies (pictured).

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KESGRAVE & NORTHGATE ASSOCIATED KARATE CLUB Massive congratulations go to our club member Ruby Hunt who won a gold medal in Cyprus at the prestigious World Karate Federation Youth League K1, karate’s equivalent of the world premier league, on Sunday, May 5.

The AGM took place on May 7 and was attended by 28 members. The officers were re-elected unopposed. Four committee members stood down this year, with special thanks going to Judith Longman who has served on the committee for 17 years. Peter Mullett, Dave Seggers and Nigel Abbott were also thanked by the chairman, who hoped they would still continue to take an active role in supporting the club. New members on the committee are Sharon Clarke, Diana Gaskin and Eddie Manning. We still have a few vacancies at the club and would welcome new members. We meet at the community hall on Old Felixstowe Road on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 1.30 to 4.30pm and on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 10pm. In a session we play a number of friendly games, with a break for tea and biscuits. No previous experience is necessary, it’s not physically challenging and the club provides all of the necessary equipment. Just turn up or contact our secretary, Ian Hunt – 01473 611947 / – especially if you plan to come along on a Tuesday evening as there may be a league match. Doug Benger

FREE TASTER SESSIONS AT HOLYWELLS BOWLING CLUB Every Tuesday evening at 6.30pm (weather permitting) Open to all ages, male and female, novice or experienced. Just wear reasonably flat shoes (no heels). The club is situated inside Holywells Park. Enter via the Cliff Lane entrance and follow the signposts. Bowls provided.

Ruby had to win five tough fights for the gold medal, beating Cyprus 11-1, Russia 2-1, Greece 6-2, Russia 3-0 and USA 4-3. She fought in the 12-13 year old -42kg category and received a black eye along the way for her trouble.  Ruby has a busy year ahead defending her title as English and British Champion and competing for a place in the England team going to the World Championships in Chile this October! Good luck Ruby – we will keep you all posted with her achievements. We would also like to say a huge thank you to one of our club sponsors, ISElectrical. Not only have they made a generous donation to club funds, but have also donated a large number of club branded water bottles which we now have for sale on our website. The proceeds help boost club funds further! We are truly very grateful for your continued support.  If you think you would like to try karate then why not come along a give it a go? The first lesson is free. Check out our website for class times and locations or contact us for more information: / 01473 622707



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ON THE GRAPEVINE QUESTIONS ON CASH With Independent Financial Adviser Nick Plumb Alan from Ipswich asks: “I have been reading an article about Corporate Bond funds. It has been suggested that the banks mis-sold a lot of these instead of equity investments during the bear market, and they were pushed as a low risk investment, when in fact, there are risks with these investments just like stocks and shares. Are Corporate Bonds a good or bad investment?” It depends what you want them to do for you Alan. Although Corporate Bond funds can be a good way of preserving your capital against a falling stock market, their main benefit is for those investors who require an income. One of the easiest ways of investing into a Corporate Bond fund is through a collective investment like an OEIC or Unit Trust. The funds can also be purchased within an ISA wrapper if you have not used your ISA allowance, which is particularly useful if you are looking for income, as a Corporate Bond ISA will produce a more tax efficient income than an Equity Income ISA. From 6 April 1999, the amount of tax that could be reclaimed by ISA fund managers on dividends from equity-based funds was reduced from 20 to 10 per cent. This was reduced to zero from 6 April 2004. However, the tax reclaim on Corporate Bond funds is still 20 per cent, which means your ISA manager can reclaim all of the tax deducted back from the Inland Revenue. That makes them very attractive if you want a tax-efficient income from your money. One of the best Corporate Bond funds available if you need an income is the M&G High Yield Corporate Bond fund. This is a low to medium risk fund, which invests in a broad mix of bonds offering a higher than average yield. The fund has no bid/offer spread, initial charges or plan fees and has a low annual management charge of just 0.65 per cent per annum of the ISA fund value. The current natural income yield from the M&G High Yield Corporate Bond Fund is around 4.1 per cent net of investment charges, which can be paid monthly or quarterly as a tax-free income. Nick Plumb is an Independent Financial Adviser and Practice Principal at Plumb Financial Services. Post your questions to Nick at Plumb Financial Services, Baylham Business Centre, Lower Street, Baylham IP6 8JP, email, or telephone Nick on 01473 830301. Nick’s comments and answers to reader’s questions in this column are provided only as a general guide and do not constitute personal financial advice. Any readers who require advice on their own situation should contact Nick to arrange a no-obligation complimentary initial consultation to discuss their own position. Plumb Financial Services are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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 /

WOODBRIDGE REGATTA & RIVERSIDE FAIR 2019 Woodbridge Regatta & Riverside Fair is 181 years and as in times past it takes place all along the river from the Tide Mill to Deben Yacht Club. This year’s event is on Sunday 23 June and forms part of the Suffolk Day celebrations so where better to bring the whole family for a lovely day out. The regatta throws open its doors at noon with Songs of Praise led by Churches Together on the Tea Hut stage, followed by the formal opening at 12.30pm by the town mayor. The traditional conclusion of the regatta is a Duck Dive at 5.15pm in the model yacht pond organised by Woodbridge & District Lions Club. There is something for everyone to enjoy beside the River Deben including watching yacht and dinghy races and the raft race with eight teams vying for the prize of an inscribed paddle and bragging rights over other youth groups. New this year will be the St Ayles Skiff built in the Longshed and now on the river as well as the Woodbridge Memory Bike offering rickshaw rides. The Tide Mill will be offering free admission and people can take advantage of free boat trips up and down the river throughout the day organised by 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts. As well as lots of places to eat and drink, families can head to the bandstand for crafts, games and other activities with a circus theme this year, as well as registration for the crabbing competition held later in the afternoon. People can bring their model yachts to sail on the model yacht pond or even hire one on the day from the Tea Hut. Live music will fill the air at the Tea Hut and at Woodbridge Cruising Club. In the run-up to the regatta there will be a Spot the Duck Competition in shops in and around The Thoroughfare, this year with a circus theme to match the activities on Regatta Day. Details and entry forms will be available from Woodbridge Library from the Spring Bank Holiday. Although it’s completely free to enjoy the regatta, we will be supporting 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts though a street collection. Please give generously if you are able to. Geoff Holdcroft, chairman of the regatta committee, says: “The programme for this year has been developed to ensure it has all of the usual activities, but it’s great to see the return of the swimming races to the event. The success and longevity of Woodbridge Regatta is a testament to so many community groups working together. I want to thank everyone involved for helping us to put on what we hope will be another fabulous event.” This year’s regatta is being proudly sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors. Their CEO, Charles Rowett, said: “We pride ourselves on being here for the local community so what better than sponsoring such a fantastic event that is at the heart of it.” All the latest information can be found online at: / Woodbridge Regatta Swimming Gala Saturday 22 June at Deben Leisure Centre This year sees the reintroduction of swimming races in Deben Leisure Centre sponsored by Places Leisure on the afternoon before Regatta Day, including the Hayward and Sullivan Cups for boys and girls under-16, respectively, living within three miles of Woodbridge and the Regatta Shield and Cup for boys and girls under 16, respectively, living outside the town boundaries. Cups for boys and girls under-12 and under-8 are open to all.


ON THE GRAPEVINE ONE BIG FUN DAY New RSPCA event at Earl Stonham Join the RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch at a lively new event to raise money for the animals in our care. Taking place at Earl Stonham Village Hall (Forward Green, IP14 5HJ) on Sunday, June 16, our One Big Fun Day includes a fun dog show, refreshments, raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and various other stalls. Part of a series of RSPCA events happening nationwide on the same day, you can find out about the animal welfare and rehoming work we do and enjoy yourself at the same time! Entrance is free, and the event opens at 11.30am. Dog show registration starts at noon and judging from 1pm. CLASSES 1pm: Crossbreed with Character 1.15pm: Happiest Hound 1.30pm: Young at Heart (dogs 8 years +) 1.45pm: Second Chance (rescued dogs) 2pm: Fabulous Female 2.15pm: Marvellous Male 2.30pm: Kids & K9s (young handlers up to 16 years old) 2.45pm: Best in Show All proceeds will go to the RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch to help animals in need in the local area. Contact Mary Taylor:

SUFFOLK’S ANSWER TO FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS Dance Folkus welcomes sixpiece Capstan Full Strength (pictured) who will perform at our taster song spot on Friday, June 7. Capstan Full Strength is a Suffolk based harmony group originally formed in 1998 to sing shanties. They have performed at shanty festivals in the Netherlands, France, Ireland and the famous Krakow festival in Poland. They are regular hosts at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival and have sung many times at the Harwich Shanty Festival. They have performed for the last three years as guests at FolkEast and are the hosts for the local Hacheston Song and Ale Weekend held in May for the last three years. They offer a powerful broadside of sound and now feature songs of the sea, land and work. The main part of the evening will be our regular first Friday barn dance format. Our caller will be Trevor Beckford who joins us from over the border in Brooke, Norfolk. This will be Trevor’s first visit to Dance Folkus. With his enthusiastic style, our audience should expect plenty of different dances in the evening. The dance band will be led by local ceilidh band Harbour Lights, with additional musicians making up to 12 people in the Dance Folkus ‘Come All Ye’ Band. New dancers wanting to attend can book a discounted place by emailing (no payment in advance) or you can simply come along on the night (entry £7). Students or children are £3 at the door. Bring your own drink! If you need further information contact Rob on 01473 610951. Visitors to Woodbridge and new first-time dancers are always very welcome to attend our dances at Woodbridge Community Hall in Station Road IP12 4AU from 7.30pm.


PETER’S FOUR COUNTIES CYCLE CHALLENGE Suffolk-born Peter Berry (54) was diagnosed at the age of 50 with early onset Alzheimer’s and has used his passion for cycling to raise awareness of the condition, particularly in younger people. Last year he cycled from Aberystwyth to Aldeburgh, a total of over 360 miles, and raised in excess of £6,000. This year he has challenged himself to do the Four Counties Cycle Challenge on Sunday 23 June to raise money and awareness for YoungDementia UK. Together with friends and anyone else with a life-changing condition, Peter will cycle across four counties, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk. Of course, Peter, being Peter, is not content with cycling across four counties and intends to do the entire challenge on a Penny Farthing! Please make a special effort to arrive at various points along the route and cheer Peter, Deb, Jan, Mark and Mike on their journey. Any cyclists who wish to get involved may do so by giving a donation of £5 to join in with the ride. They will start it Friston and make their way down Yarmouth Road into Melton Street and on into Woodbridge, turning left at the traffic lights, following South Road past Elmhurst Park and The Riverside Theatre on Ipswich Road and on to Kesgrave and Ipswich. If there’s anywhere along this route that’s convenient for folks to gather, please get your friends together to cheer them on their way. Peter’s fundraising target is £1,000. If you’d like to support him you can make a donation at: Good luck Peter. You truly are an inspiration.

A TASTE OF TANGO Have you ever wanted to dance Argentine Tango? A Taste of Tango on Thursday 4 July is your opportunity to join us and take your first steps in Argentine Tango. Richard and Mandy of Suffolk Tango will teach you some of the basics, and show you how to lead or follow this improvised dance (no long sequences to learn). During the break, relax and we will tell you a little about the origins of social tango and what makes it so special throughout the world. Our more experienced dancers will be on hand to help, to demonstrate and to dance with you.  A Taste of Tango starts at 7.30pm at Martlesham Community Centre. This is a short walk from the Route 66 bus stop at Tesco. There is also plenty of free parking. We are keen to encourage more people to try Argentine Tango so the evening is totally free and we hope you may want to join our next beginner’s course in September. Suffolk Tango is a non-profit group whose aim is to encourage and develop Argentine Tango dancing in Suffolk. Our current dancers are of all ages, some coming with a background of other dance, but most have had no previous dance experience. Dance has proven benefits for health and wellbeing. Once you try Argentine Tango we hope that you will soon get hooked and want to come to the many classes and events that we run. Prior booking essential; to reserve places go to: For further information contact: / 07766 694618

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By the end of June we’ll be half way through the year and I’m wondering where that time has gone. The passage of time is something we, as humans, all feel and it sometimes seems that there is not enough of it for what we have to do. For God there is no passing of time as He stands outside time and space, He was, is and always will be. We believe that God created us out of love, that He loves us still and that He wants to be with us beyond our time on earth. This is our hope and where we place our faith and find our peace.

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Here at the Ark our members come from all walks of life, educational, legal, medical, financial and those working in caring and industry, but we are all aiming for the higher calling which is to love God and to love people, whoever and whatever they are. Jesus said “it’s easy to love those who love us”, but what about those in our society who are not in the mainstream, living at the margin and on the outside. What God wants from us is to show His love in action by reaching those lost souls and being an example of His love to everyone we meet. That’s what we want to demonstrate as a church community. So it’s not about just sitting in church on a Sunday, although worshipping, praising and thanking God is important, it should be much, much more than that. It must be a day by day commitment to follow Jesus no matter what. Want to know more then maybe we’ll see on Sunday. Join us on Sunday mornings at 11.30am (Adult Sunday School and Children’s Church, 10.30am) at The Ark Church, The Drift, Nacton Road, Ipswich IP3 9QR. You can contact us via email at: We can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter @arkipswich or online at where you’ll find latest updates on our ‘What’s Happening at the Ark’ page.

BIXLEY FARM CHURCH AT TOWER HALL Moving into June we are looking forward to Pentecost on June 9, a festival where Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit that had been promised by Jesus (John 14:26). The account in Acts 2 reports that after Jesus ascended into heaven, Jesus’ followers were gathered together and the Holy Spirit “filled the whole house where they were sitting” and “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them”. Through this infilling the apostles had a greater confidence and understanding, enabling them to share the message of the Gospel to all nations and languages. Bixley Farm Church has two sister churches and together as Mission Ipswich East (MIE) they are welcoming Glen Scrivener, a prolific author, filmmaker and evangelist to Ipswich for a week from June 9-16 to share the message of the Gospel. All events can be found at: You are welcome to any event, but we especially invite you to the evening event at Tower Hall on Friday, June 14 called Love Story where we will be hosting a three course meal and Glen will be sharing something of God’s story from one of his books. There is no charge to attend and all are welcome. MIE is also hosting a Community Shared Lunch on Sunday, June 2, 12.302.30pm at Tower Hall. All are welcome, including families and there will be activities for children. Bring a plate of food to share, come and have a cuppa and a chat with people from your local community. As always you are welcome to our weekly service each Sunday at 4pm at Tower Hall.




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