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I’ve just been informed that Auntie Sarah will be visiting Suffolk on December 3 and as it’s the perfect opportunity to get Christmas presents to that side of the family (all 11 of them) I’m now on a deadline! Thank goodness there are many, many Christmas markets and festivals coming up. They are a particularly useful place to find locally produced gifts for out-of-towners. I’m definitely focused on finding handmade gifts this year, possibly inspired by the beautiful Christmas Tree decoration I received from a close friend last year. It was one of my favourite presents and I’m secretly hoping she gives me another this year. I have been dropping heavy hints since June or thereabouts so I’m quite hopeful.


There are many good reasons to shop local at Christmas, not least the fact that your spending will boost the local economy, save or indeed generate jobs, support local entrepreneurs and create a more vibrant and engaged community. There’s also the social aspect, the fact that you are more likely to find quirky, one-off items, maybe even try before you buy and get a better deal or some advice.

Patrick Otter, St Elizabeth Hospice’s retail area manager, said: “Following the opening of our hugely popular retail centre in town last year we have been eager to open another one in a community area for a while, and Martlesham is an ideal location for our second retail centre.

According to a new study, UK shoppers are predicted to spend £73 billion this Christmas, with online sales accelerating to unprecedented levels. Apparently convenience, price comparison and avoiding crowds and queues are three of the main reasons why online shopping is so popular, but don’t assume than ‘online’ and ‘local’ are entirely contradictory. Most of our local retailers sell online so you can take advantage of the benefits of online shopping and support local business at the same time. For me, Christmas means cleaning the house from top to bottom (sad I know, but deeply embedded) and down ‘n’ dirty old style shopping with the crowds, the queues, the Christmas music, carol singers, hot chocolate, mince pies and a glass or two of mulled wine to soothe aching muscles. I can’t wait. On behalf of my colleagues here at Mansion House Publishing I wish you and yours a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

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St Elizabeth Hospice is opening a brand new retail centre in Martlesham and is looking to recruit a team of volunteers to help when it opens. The hospice opened its first retail centre in Holywells Road 18 months ago and it has proved so successful, the local charity has decided to open another one in Martlesham. The retail centre is expected to be very popular and will require a number of volunteers to help in a variety of roles.

“All our shops get very busy and we expect this new retail centre to have a constant flow of customers, so we need a number of capable volunteers to assist in the store. If you love vinyl, can spot an antique or love to organise, and want to help your local hospice, we’d love to hear from you.” Volunteer roles will include serving customers, using the till, merchandising and stock preparation for new and donated goods, driving a van, creating appealing displays and administration. The store will open in early 2017 and will sell a range of good quality secondhand items including furniture, clothes, accessories, homeware, DVDs, vinyl, books and more. If you would like to apply to volunteer in the new retail centre or for more information, please visit or contact: / 01473 707939

GROWING GUIDING IN KESGRAVE In the last year Kesgrave Guides have been on camp, cooked on wood fires, abseiled, zorbed, go karted, sung round a campfire, eaten loads of chocolate and much, much more. We are currently looking for some special people to come forward and keep some of our units open for future generations. Adults (18+) and young people (14+) alike can help our young members continue to experience their Guiding journey. Being a Guiding volunteer can help enhance your CV and count toward the service element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. No previous experience of Guiding is necessary, training is provided and a DBS check is required for all those over 18. If you can commit to one-two hours per week, we’d love to hear from you. We also currently have spaces at Guides (10-14 years) and Senior Section (14-25 years). Please contact Kesgrave District Commissioner Jo Dixon for further information: Or visit:

CAROL CONCERT FOR EACH Woodbridge Friends of EACH (East Anglian’s Children’s Hospices) invite you to a Carol Concert at St John’s Church, St John’s Hill, Woodbridge on Tuesday, December 13 at 7pm. All welcome.


NEWS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF MARTLESHAM HEATH – JULY 2017 Planning and fundraising continues for this major event. So far we have: • A replica Spitfire and Hurricane to be displayed • Major staging has been booked • A large display of vintage and veteran vehicles • A fun fair and entertainment • Local individuals, societies and associations making plans to take part Do you or your company or organisation want to get involved? We have different sponsorship deals available to fit every pocket. Sponsors so far include BT, Next, Orwell Trucks, Barker Gotelee Solicitors, Marks and Mann Estate Agents and The Ropes Trust. Others are coming on board as I type and we have also applied for Heritage Lottery Funding. Supporters so far include Martlesham Heath Aviation Society, Martlesham Heath Householders Ltd, local schools, The University of Suffolk, Martlesham Brass, Suffolk New College, St Michael and All Angels Church and Rock Barracks. Why not get involved? Perhaps sponsor a specific part of the weekend – we are investigating hiring Old Bill, the London Transport Museum vintage bus that took troops to war in 1914. We do need extra help to come on board. Can you help? Perhaps you have a story to tell about the heath. We will be holding a public meeting early in 2017 and would like Martlesham Heath residents to come along to see what we have planned. Please visit the website for further information: WIN A PRIZE IN OUR GRAND CHRISTMAS QUIZ Q: Which pub in Martlesham was once a well-known coaching inn? If you know the answer, go to to enter or pick up a copy of the poster from Marks and Mann Estate Agents on the Square from December 1. The deadline for entries is Saturday, January 7.

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KESGRAVE HELP CENTRE Thursday coffee mornings are really going well. We have had several new people coming along to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and have celebrated numerous birthdays with cakes or sausage rolls and the usual Happy Birthday sing-a-long. By the time you read this we will have had our trip to the Spa Pavilion to see The Good Old Days. We now look forward to our usual visit from Cedarwood School when the children entertain us with their enjoyable nativity play. The Christmas Dinner at Rushmere Golf Club is our final event of our enjoyable year. Our sincere thanks to SPARK for their support – it is greatly appreciated. If you would like to come along to our coffee mornings between 10 and 11.30am you will be most welcome.

WINTER FAYRE AT RUSHMERE COMMUNITY HUB Saturday December 3, 11am-2.30pm Variety of Christmassy items, raffles, tombolas, guessing games, refreshments, light lunches, homemade cakes & lots more. To book a table (£7 in advance / £10 on the day) call: 01473 720488

LOOK FORWARD TO A NEW YOU THIS NEW YEAR AS LOCAL GYM EXPANDS If you’re looking for a great incentive to get fit and healthy once the new year arrives, Grange Fitness & Performance Centre can give you more reasons than one thanks to ambitious new expansion plans. The family-friendly gym, currently based in Gloster Road, Martlesham, will be opening brand new doors this January, with state-of-the-art facilities spread across two floors offering a variety of health and fitness programmes for all ages. GFP, which specialises in CrossFit and ‘White Collar’ boxing, will be adding new classes to its schedule including yoga, Pilates and spin. A dedicated personal training area is also being introduced for those looking for a little extra motivation in the form of 1-2-1 sessions, as well as a ‘drop-in’ membership option for those who prefer to work out independently. To complement the range of fitness options on offer, members and nonmembers will also benefit from GFP’s in-house sports massage therapist


as well as physiotherapy sessions and nutrition seminars designed to promote all-round health and wellbeing. A new social area complete with sofas, pool table and smoothie bar will provide members and guests with a place to relax and unwind after a workout, as well as get to know fellow members who are sure to become firm friends. GFP is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and community-mindedness, having raised over £25,000 for local charities through a variety of social events and charity challenges since its launch in 2008. It provides a fun, effective alternative for those who may have been disillusioned by membership of a ‘traditional’ gym in the past. For information on Grange Fitness & Performance Centre’s upcoming launch event and for news on special introductory offers, visit or call 01473 623277.

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NEWS KESGRAVE TOWN COUNCIL Market Anniversary Celebrations The town council was very pleased with the turnout at the fifth anniversary market in October. Great fun was had with the face painting and crafts and the weather was kind to the intrepid children and adults who attempted to climb the portable climbing wall. The volunteers making the refreshments had one of their most challenging and productive days, many thanks are due. Christmas Market There will be even more stalls at the Christmas Market on Saturday, December 17 where you will be able to pick up last minute gifts or fresh produce for your Christmas celebrations. As usual, the market will run from 9am-12.30pm. Feel free to come in and browse and stay for a cuppa and a bacon roll or homemade cake – all delicious and at really reasonable prices. Kesgrave Market meets on the third Saturday of each month. For future dates visit the town council office, the library or: Kesgrave Youth Club is looking for volunteers to join their team We have two clubs and need volunteers for both: Tuesday night junior club for Years 7 and 8 Thursday night senior club for Years 9-13 We offer the opportunity to build experience working with young people, support and guidance from a senior youth worker in volunteer group sessions and opportunities to attend training. You will chat to young people, help run activities, help run the tuck shop and much more. Whether you’re interested in volunteering regularly or prefer to be on our reserve list, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Kesgrave Town Council for more information: 01473 625179

It has been some years since the teen facilities were put in at Cedarwood Green. It was agreed that maintenance work be done to refresh some items there to make it look pleasant for the families and teens who use it. Work on the entrance gate to the Millennium Jubilee Hall Car Park should also soon take place, the design having had to change to make it secure and robust enough to exclude motor vehicles from this area overnight. Work will also take place at some other vulnerable green spaces in Kesgrave to make them inaccessible to vehicles. Traffic and Pedestrian Working Group News The Working Group met on November 7 to discuss the problems caused by the traffic hold-ups in the week prior to the meeting. The subject of air quality in Kesgrave in relation to pollution from vehicle emissions was also raised. Suffolk Coastal District Council monitor air quality across the district and concern was expressed that there is only one monitoring point in Kesgrave. The proposed crossing of the A1214 at Cambridge Road is on the agenda for the town council meeting on December 14. The council will consider the SCC Highways recommendation that the crossing consist of dropped curbs and a centre island refuge rather than a Zebra Crossing. The time incurred in carrying out further surveys as to the suitability of a Zebra crossing would mean that the funding already agreed for this would be lost. The new layout could be converted at a later date if further funding was found to carry out the survey work and for the cost of the hardware and road surfacing required for this type of crossing. The group also discussed a recent speed survey carried out on Penzance Road which found that most drivers adhere to the 30mph speed limit, but there are some who drive at inappropriate speed for a built-up area. A proposal to join Rushmere and other parishes in developing a Community Speedwatch scheme will be discussed on December 14. If the town council is in favour of joining the scheme, there will be an opportunity for residents to put themselves forward for training to help monitor and report speeding motorists.

Play and Open Space Working Group News By the time you read this, work to improve the football area on Oak Meadow should have been completed, meaning that children and families will be able to play there in most weathers without wearing out the surface or braving the mud. Funding of this project was obtained from SPARK which will enable the council to work on another phase to increase the amount of play equipment on Oak Meadow.

Evening of Reflection, Friday, December 16 On Friday, December 16 at 7pm, the town council will hold its annual Evening of Reflection at Legion Green (near the Royal British Legion). This annual event is about remembering those who are no longer with us, so please join us by hanging one of our stars, with a dedication from you, on our Tree of Remembrance. You can sing along to a couple of well known Christmas carols or simply enjoy remembering your loved one over a hot drink. The memory stars can be collected from the town council office or the 2nd Stop Charity Shop, or you can download a star from:

At their meeting on October 17 the working group agreed that an application for Section 106 funding be made towards play equipment for children and outdoor exercise equipment for adults and teens. We hope the application is successful to ensure that all ages are catered for.

Town Council Meetings The next full town council meeting is on December 5 at 7.15pm. For a full list of committee dates and working groups, visit:


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MESSAGE FROM YOUR COUNTY COUNCILLORS: NOVEMBER 2016 Great news for Suffolk’s Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Results 2016 Provisional figures published by the Department for Education in October show an increase in Suffolk children achieving a Good Level of Development in their Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) results. The assessments recognise children’s achievements in the EYFS. This includes key areas of learning and development such as communication and language, physical development, and personal, social and emotional development. Children are assessed by their teacher at the end of the Reception class in school. For most children their early learning will have included attending an early education place at a pre-school, day nursery or childminder before moving into school. In Suffolk 70.2% of children achieved a Good Level of Development (GLD) this year. This is slightly above the rest of England. The percentage of children eligible for free school meals achieving a GLD compared with those not eligible, has also improved this year. This means the gap between the groups has narrowed by 7% points.

launch a new road safety campaign this autumn, Be Safe and Seen in Suffolk. The campaign will see more than 12,000 badge reflectors given to primary school aged children, which can be worn on their coats or backpacks to reflect the beam of vehicles in darker conditions to ensure that children are seen as they walk with friends and parents. The idea and concept for the campaign was developed earlier this year through discussions with BBC Radio Suffolk. A design competition took place as part of the events and activities at this year’s Suffolk Show with the winning design selected from over 190 entries. A major part of undertaking this campaign was the determination to promote exercise, walking and physical activity amongst young people. It was understood that to achieve this, the children and their families needed to feel safe before stepping out during the darker months. So the reflector campaign was born!

It is particularly pleasing to note the improvement seen for children eligible for free school meals across the county. The results include a group of children who first received a free place at two years old rather than aged three, because their parents were eligible, for economic reasons. This national policy seems to be making a difference to the children whose families are less well off, because we can see they have achieved more compared to children with similar backgrounds who did not have a place at two in previous years.

The campaign is part of Suffolk’s Year of Walking which celebrates walking in Suffolk, promotes walking events and encourages new walking opportunities. Children are most active during the spring and summer months. An average of around 65 minutes of activity a day in April drops to around 48 minutes during the colder months of January and February. Staying active promotes physical and emotional wellbeing and it is important that young people stay active as there is emerging evidence that suggests links between physical activity and better academic attainment and attention.

All children, no matter their family circumstances, are entitled to free early education (childcare) from the term after their third birthday up until they start school full time.

Suffolk County Council’s Road Safety Team and Public Health Team have invested £9,550 into the campaign to deliver enough reflectors to benefit more than 60 primary schools across the county.

More information and details of how to apply can be found at:

The campaign was officially launched at the Suffolk Show by Councillor James Finch and BBC Radio Suffolk at the beginning of June.

Be Safe and Seen in Suffolk Suffolk County Council is working in partnership with BBC Radio Suffolk to

Regards and best wishes, County Councillors Christopher Hudson and Robert Whiting

MARTLESHAM HEATH COUNTRY MARKET TRIANON ON SCREEN 2017 Looking forward to Christmas! We have two new cooks baking for us now so why not come along and tastetest their delicious goodies? Dinners for one and more as well as pudding choices, cakes, sweets and biscuits are all on the menu. Our bakers will always take orders for gluten-free, non-dairy and other special dietary preferences and right now we’re happy to help you with your Christmas catering. Plan in advance for your parties and gatherings and collect your order before the big day. If you’re thinking about Christmas gifts, wouldn’t it be nice to find a wonderful source of handmade things? One-of-a-kind hand-turned bowls and other lovely wooden objets; cheerful bags and comfy cushions; beaded key rings, bookmarks, necklaces and earrings; lovely warm fleece hats, mitts and scarves; knitted garments for children and grown-ups; crocheted angels and brooches; cards of local scenes by local artists; traditional barge-painted plant pots by our prize-winning crafters. All our makers are talented locals – nothing is bought in. What about a gift of a hamper including some delicious jams, chutneys and preserves, as well as other selected hand-made treats? Yes, there’s still time to place an order with a local crafter for that special gift for that special friend. Visit the weekly Country Market at Martlesham Pavilion; we’re there every Tuesday from 9.15-11.15am. To discuss and place a special order, contact Margaret Gayfer on 01473 623849. We also have a table at Kesgrave Market at 1st Kesgrave Scout Hall. on Saturday, December 17. Hoping to see you soon!

Gallop into the New Year from the Court of Camelot to a café in Casablanca with Trianon Music Group for Trianon on Screen 2017. Trianon is delighted that Denis King, the Ivor Novello award winning composer of the Black Beauty theme, Galloping Home, will be attending their first concert of the new season at the Corn Exchange. Denis, who is now based in Suffolk, will participate in a Q&A session starting at 6.30pm, so this will be a unique opportunity to discover more about the life and career of a local celebrity. The themes of royalty, heroes and love will be explored with music from The Madness of King George, The King and I, The Lion in Winter, Immortal Beloved and Dangerous Moonlight. Movie maestro Ennio Morricone will also feature, with extracts from his Golden Globe and BAFTA  awardwinning soundtrack to The Mission. The movie mix will also feature favourites from Glenn Miller, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Mary Poppins. Join Trianon for a ‘supercalifragilistic’ evening on Saturday, January 7 at 7.30pm. To book call 01394 283170 / 07876 787029 or visit: 



KESGRAVE LIBRARY Sunday Crafts, 10am-noon The following Christmas craft activities will take place in December. The staff and trustees at Kesgrave Community and Conference Centre would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2017. This year the centre has played host to many charity events, parties, celebrations, meetings and conferences with the most memorable being a special visit from Professor Stephen Hawking in October. Always happy to support people in their local community where possible, the centre also offers a varied programme of activities and events throughout the year. If you are looking for a venue for your next charity fundraiser, private party, conference or even planning a wedding, our friendly and helpful team would be happy to discuss any requirements for your special occasion, however large or small. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Mum2Mum Market – Saturday, December 3, 2-4pm Buy top quality pre-loved baby and children’s clothes, toys books and equipment. £2 admission on the door. For more information call 07903 585334 or visit: Indoor table-top sale The centre will be holding an indoor table-top sale on Saturday, February 18, 10am-1pm. Entry is free with refreshments available and a tombola. Sell any unwanted items or come along and grab a bargain. All tables must be pre-booked: £10 for a 6ft table (trade £15). Trade, charities and public are all welcome. For further details or to book a table please contact Jo Barker: 01473 612648 /

Sunday, December 4: It’s nearly Christmas. Pop along and make one of Santa’s helpers, a paper plate Elf. Sunday, December 11: We’re making Santa stuck in the chimney today. I hope he escapes before Christmas Eve! Sunday, December 18: Will we have a white Christmas this year? Design a snowman bauble for your Christmas Tree. Activities are free. Parents must stay with under eights. There’s no need to book – just turn up and have a go. BookStart Every Thursday, term time only. Free activities for pre-school children and their parents or carers. Why not come along and join Emma every Thursday morning for songs, rhymes and stories? Tot Rock: 9.45-10.15am Baby Bounce: 10.30-11am Story Time Every Friday, term time only, 9.45-10.15am OTHER EVENTS IN DECEMBER Thursday, December 1: Afternoon Book Group from 2.45pm Adult Colouring from 7pm – £2 including tea, coffee and biscuits, all equipment provided

Children’s parties Looking for a venue for your child’s party? The centre can provide one hour’s use of the sports hall and two hours use of the bowls pavilion for just £55. Offer available until March 31.

Wednesday, December 7: Knit and Natter from 2.30pm – £1 including tea, coffee and biscuits

With Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, the centre’s health and fitness activities will continue up until the Christmas break, commencing again in January. For a full list of activities and events visit:

Scout Post Box Kesgrave Library has a Scout post box until December 8 for all your local Christmas card deliveries. If the library is closed, please post your cards through our main letter box and staff will ensure they are put in the Scout’s post box.

If you would like to book a function room or activity, please contact the centre on 01473 612648.

Thursday, December 8: Evening Book Group from 7pm

Stamps We now have Christmas stamps for sale in the library. Please see staff.

ROGER DAVID BURROWS MUSIC FUND CHRISTMAS MUSIC Saturday, December 10 at 6.30pm at St Michael’s Church Centre, The Drift, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL

Cards for Good Causes and Suffolk Wildlife Fund On sale until Saturday, December 24. Why not pop along and have a look at the fantastic range we are selling this year? Every sale also supports your local library.

Light musical entertainment featuring Helen Ellison with students and singers, Melton Folk and Abi Vaughan (accompanist) performing traditional and popular Christmas songs such as Walking in the Air, While Shepherds Watched and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, including various arrangements involving strings, piano and voices.

Staff and the community group of Kesgrave Library would like to say a big thank-you to all their customers for their support this year. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2017.

There will be some audience participation with songs to sing and percussion to play so that everyone can join in together at the end. Christmassy refreshments and raffle. Admission at the door: adults £7.50, Under 16s free.

Tel: 01473 626103

GRANT APPLICATIONS Applications for a grant are welcome from individuals and from groups. Application forms should be submitted to the address below by January 1. Grants will generally be of up to £150, e.g. towards the cost of instruments, music, music related equipment and musical activities.


The Roger David Burrows Music Fund, c/o The Burrows Family, 17 Squires Lane, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3UG / 01473 625196

Saturday: 10am-5pm

For further information about Christmas Music and grant applications visit:


Maggie Lusher, Kesgrave Library Manager, Kinsey House, Kays Close, Kesgrave

Tuesday: 9am-noon, 2.30-5pm Wednesday: 2.30-6pm Thursday: 2.30-8pm Friday: 9am-noon Sunday: 10am-3pm

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Cloudy2Clear Announce Trusted Trader Partnership Consumer champions Which? have now joined the thousands of customers who recognise that Cloudy2Clear Windows really are a business that you can TRUST. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has received the coveted ‘Which Trusted Trader’ status after going through a rigorous accreditation process entirely focussed on customer service.

Group Managing Director Marcus McGee believes that Which? have endorsed Cloudy2Clear’s long standing company policy of delivering the highest standards possible at all times. ‘Our service is simple. If your double glazing has misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 25 year guarantee. But it’s not just about saving people money, although that obviously helps. Whilst a number

of tradespeople perhaps don’t focus on customer care as much as they should do, we make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. Locally Cloudy2Clear service the Ipswich, Woodbridge, Manningtree, Hadleigh, Stowmarket & surrounding areas and manager Andy Kerridge agrees that this approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth is that it’s not just the personal satisfaction that I get from doing

a good job but also it makes good business sense. I get a huge amount of business from friends and family of people I’ve done work for, which just goes to show how much a little bit of effort is appreciated as both my customers and, obviously a body as nationally important as Which? now recognise.’ So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Andy a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be happy to help!

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This time of year gives the band the opportunity to play carols and raise funds for St Elisabeth’s Hospice, as we have done for many years.

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve tickets are now on sale; members are £5 and £10, or both for £13.

Our main Christmas concert is at Raydon Church where we have played for 25 consecutive years, raising funds for repairs and improvements to the church. We have noticed the changes since we first played there in 1991. The first few times we performed at the church it had no heating and no toilet. With the help of our Christmas concerts it now has toilet facilities. No more going across the road to a parishioner’s house to use the loo! The church has been very supportive of the band over the years and we are looking forward to playing there again on Saturday, December 11. Since the first concert when we sat and shivered as we played, the membership has changed considerably with five different conductors. If you fancy joining our happy brass band visit or contact Bob on 01473 438821.

Saturday 3 we have The Real McCoy, a welcome return for this excellent group. Sunday 4 from 2-5pm is the Children’s Christmas Party with food, games, a disco and a visit from Santa with a small gift. Tickets (£5) available now. Foxy Rock Dancing is in the main hall on Sundays 4 and 18. There’s still time to learn some new moves for the new year, or to refresh your skills and make new dancing friends. The Heartbeat meeting is on Tuesday 6, all welcome for a 7pm start. The KSC Christmas Draw is on Friday 9 at 8pm with lots of prizes, including a £250 first prize. There’s still time to have a go – see the boards on the bar. Our C&W evening is on Saturday 10 with Darren Busby for what’s sure to be a great night with the hall decorated ready for Christmas. We have a quiz night on Wednesday 14; all welcome, teams of four. Travelling Light are with us Saturday 17, great artists with great songs. We will be dancing the night away on the last weekend before the festive season.

FINAL PUSH TO HIT CHARITY GOAL AS QUIZ NIGHT GETS FESTIVE MAKEOVER Regarded as one of the region’s biggest quiz events, local family run hearing care company, The Hearing Care Centre has announced details of their next event, this time with a Christmassy theme. The event, which is the company’s twelfth quiz fundraiser, is being held on Sunday, December 11 at Greshams Sports & Social Club on Tuddenham Road, Ipswich. Teams can include between four and six members and entry is only £5 with festive nibbles included. With generous support from local businesses there are cash prizes to be won for the top five teams, as well as a giant prize draw. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to deafness charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Karen Finch, managing director at The Hearing Care Centre, is a specialist in looking after patients with hearing difficulties. She says: “Hearing dogs give many deaf people confidence, independence and companionship. Being able to transform a deaf recipients life by sponsoring our very own hearing dog puppy will be invaluable. That’s why we have set ourselves a target of raising £10,000 for the charity in 2016. We’re hoping this fantastic evening out will be supported by locals and be the last push needed to reach this goal.” With an expected attendance of over 250 people, organisers are urging early booking to avoid disappointment. To purchase tickets call The Hearing Care Centre on 01473 230330 or visit: Dessert lovers in and around the Ipswich area gathered recently at The Swan in Westerfield to indulge at a charity fundraiser organised by The Hearing Care Centre with Suffolk pub company Deben Inns. Attendees were actively encouraged to sample every dessert on the menu with all proceeds from the event being donated to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. The evening raised an impressive £729.90 through ticket sales, donations, a raffle and taste-bud challenge which was held on the night. “I believe everyone who attended the event was fit to burst by the end, so it was a resounding success,” said Karen. “The support was overwhelming – we would like to thank the lovely team at The Swan, our many local sponsors and of course our wonderful guests for making the evening a memorable one”.

On Christmas Eve we will be dancing to House Shakers, doors open at 7pm, tickets on sale now. There will be an extended raffle with great prizes and the kitchen will be open. Children welcome. On New Year’s Eve we will dance to Infrared, 7pm-1am. See the new year in with a hall full of friends, dancing, and an extended raffle with additional prizes. The kitchen is closed so bring your buffet – and bring enough to share! Thanks to all who have supported the club in 2016 – we appreciate your custom very much. My personal thanks to the staff and all the helpers and committee who have given their time and expertise for free to make our club such a fantastic place to be. Sharen

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OUT & ABOUT NEW YEAR FESTIVAL + HOOTENANNY Following the huge success of the recent Saints Beer Festival and Oktoberfest events, Beer & Co is hosting the first Ipswich Winter Beer & Wine Festival in the run-up to the New Year at St Peters by the Waterfront. It has been a whirlwind start for company owners Greg Beer & Co owners Marc Titford & Greg Cooper Cooper and Marc Titford and at Saints Beer Festival in August they have plenty more linedup for the future to interest beer and live music fans. Greg says: “We set about creating unique and exciting festivals, events that we would want to attend ourselves, and have stuck by this principal. The support and feedback we have received has been amazing. It has given us confidence to create more and we are really excited by our forthcoming New Year Festival and Hootenanny events.” From noon on  December 30 and 31, Saints Beer & Wine Festival will have a range of cask ales, beer, wine and cider, street food stalls and open mic sessions presented by West End Music. Entry is only £2.50. Saints Hootenanny will be hosted by Stephen ‘Foz’ Foster, with live music from Suffolk’s most talented, including GrapevineLIVE Introduces. With Saints Festival food and drink available throughout, guests are promised the best night out ever. Tickets are only £25 with multi-buy offers available. For more information and tickets visit:

NEW YEAR CELEBRATION CONCERT WITH GIPPESWYK SINGERS Gippeswyk Singers are celebrating the New Year with a special concert featuring Martlesham Brass on Sunday, January 8 at St Michael’s Church in Martlesham Heath. This will be a joyful evening of choral and brass band music, including Bob Chilcott’s wonderful Little Jazz Mass. Martlesham Brass, led by Adam Cable, will perform on their own and with the choir. Gippeswyk Singers, conducted by Geoff Lavery, will also perform a variety of beautiful seasonal music accompanied by Peter Willsher. The concert will finish with an audience sing-a-long to a delightful medley of popular songs from Oliver. Refreshments will be available so come along and join us in celebrating the New Year. Tickets (£6 / children free) are available at the door or in advance from Phil Speirs, 2 Treetops, Felixstowe IP11 9ER. Please send a SAE with a cheque payable to Gippeswyk Singers. Profits this season will go to support two local charities: Suffolk Refugee Support (Ipswich) and Parkinson’s UK (Felixstowe Support Group).

IPSWICH COUNTRY MARKET This month the market takes on a decidedly Christmassy theme. Our tables are brimming with artisan produce and locally made arts and crafts to fill stockings and pile up under the tree. We are taking orders for Christmas items, which you can have individually or as part of a hamper. Special dietary requirements are catered for with diabetic and gluten free Christmas puddings and gluten free mince pies. Dairy free options are also available. To order you can visit us during opening hours or contact our market manager, Janet Pearse, on 01473 725263. The last date for ordering sausage rolls and mince pies is December 15, for collection at market on December 22. Did you know that you can also pre-order a selection of our goods made into a hamper, individually prepared to your own requirements? Hampers make ideal gifts for friends or relatives at Christmas. You can order a selection of home-baked cakes, pastries, savouries, preserves, plants or craft items. From a couple of jars of delicious preserve in a decorative jute bag to a much larger selection of items. Anything in fact that is available from the market. All baked and savoury items will be fresh and most will be suitable for freezing. Producers pride themselves on the quality of their produce and the friendliness of the market, so come and have a festive morning out and find some extra special Christmas treats with us. We are open on Thursday mornings from 10.15-11.30am at Rushmere Village Hall on Humber Doucy Lane. We have plenty of free parking and home baked refreshments with a free tea or coffee on your first visit. You can sample a slice of cake or a scone with a drink for around a pound. On the first Thursday of the month we sell bacon rolls for only £1. We will be closed for two weeks over Christmas (December 29 and January 5), returning on January 12. Facebook: Ipswich Country Market /

MARTLESHAM BRASS Making music fun in East Anglia We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. December is the busiest month of the year for Martlesham Brass. You will often find us playing Christmas carols outside supermarkets in Martlesham and Ipswich, raising money for the charities nominated by our band members. This year we are raising funds for Cruse Bereavement Care Suffolk, Over the Rainbow Children’s Charity and Tools with a Mission. Don’t forget to join us for Coffee and Carols at 10am on Saturday, December 3 at St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath, when you can hear our intermediate band. There will be refreshments and a Christmas hamper raffle. Admission is free. Our Christmas Concert is on Saturday, December 17 at 7pm, also at St Michael’s Church Centre. Tickets (£3.50 / primary school children free) are available from 07802 868924, or by visiting the 2nd Stop Charity Shop next to Tesco in Kesgrave. This concert is often a sellout, so do get your tickets early. On Monday, December 19 we will be playing for Carols in the Square on Martlesham Heath at 7pm. 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. Publicity Officer Liz Howard / 01473 625617


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Carol Concert

Thursday 8th December 2016 7pm, Ipswich Town Football Club The Sir Bobby Robson Suite, Portman Road, Ipswich Free Admission Led by

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For over a decade, the East of England Co-op Funeral Services have brought people together at Christmas to celebrate and remember the lives of those close to them, who are no longer with us. This December, they will be hosting a number of carol concerts across the region, as well as collecting messages and memories to place on special ‘Trees to Remember’ at their funeral branches, raising money for local hospices. Andrew Dawes, Head of the East of England Co-op Funeral Services, said: “Having been supporting generations of local families for over 90 years, we understand that Christmas can be particularly difficult for those who have lost someone dear to them. “Tree to Remember is an important part of the ongoing support services we offer bereaved families in the local community. Our trees have collected thousands of memories of those who left a special mark on our lives. This Christmas we invite you to share your own message or memory, and look forward to welcoming you to one of our carol concerts or services.” The very first East of England Co-op funeral branch opened back in 1925 and there are now around 50 branches across the region. As a local, independent business they only operate in the Eastern region and are owned directly by their members. Because they are the local Co-op for the East of England, they work hard to support the community by helping local groups and initiatives as well as partnering with good causes and charities. This Christmas the East of England Co-op will be hosting a carol concert on Thursday 8th December at 7pm at the Bobby Robson suite at Ipswich Town Football Club. All are welcome to attend, with performances from the Ipswich and Norwich Co-op Band and the Love to Sing Community Choir. To book your place call 01473 257242.





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OUT & ABOUT THE ORWELL SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT The Orwell Singers will be holding their annual Christmas Concert at St Michael and All Angel’s Church, Martlesham Heath on Saturday, December 3 at 7.30pm. The choir will be singing music by Benjamin Britten and John Rutter in a first half to reflect the Christmas story, and in the second half they will take a musical journey with carols from around the world. These will be interspersed with traditional carols and familiar popular classics for the audience to join in and readings by guest narrator Geoff Rogers. Admission at the door will be £8 for adults and 50p for accompanied children and will include a glass of sherry or orange juice and mince pies in the interval. The choir is currently looking for new members. We are a well-established ladies choir based in Ipswich. We enjoy performing a wide variety of music ranging from easy listening to classical and from folk songs to songs from the shows. We sing in unison, two, three or four parts, accompanied and unaccompanied. No audition is necessary. An ability to read music is helpful but not essential. For more information on the concert or if you are interested in joining the choir please contact: 01473 635955 / Facebook: orwellsingersipswich

KESGRAVE CO-OP WOMEN’S GUILD On October 18 we held our Harvest Supper with food provided by the committee. It was a social evening which involved our chairman acting as a bingo caller to determine the winners of the raffle and we all had time for a good chat and catch up with our friends. Mr Hopper entertained us on November 1 with his life as an engineer turned magician and paper sculptor. He presented some beautiful items he had made for various grand dinners of the Magician’s Circle and other charitable events. He also brought ideas for cards and place name settings and left the templates for those who fancy a dabble. On December 2 we will have our Christmas Lunch at Rushmere Golf Club where we enjoy the wonderful food prepared by Sean and his staff. November 29: Geo Fradgley will talk about John Constable’s determination to have his landscape painting accepted by the art world at that time. December 13: Our Christmas Party with the usual seasonal fare. This is our last meeting before Christmas and there will be time to give cards and presents and enjoy a fun evening. Tuesday, January 10: The annual Bag Beetle should prove to be the usual hilarious chaos as in previous years. Members are asked to bring a paper bag with two items worth a total of one pound and these are swapped as we play Beetle and a version of musical chairs at the same time. Tuesday, January 24: AGM and a talk by a solicitor from Fison & Co about the funny side of his work. We now have a website kindly hosted by One Suffolk: Visitors are very welcome to join us for an evening. If you would like to find out more about the guild, please contact our chairman, Gloria Everett: 01473 614991

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 (except December) in Rushmere Village Hall from 7.30-10pm. Thursday, January 26: Iris Folding 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) or Emma (01787 373850).

KESGRAVE WI Along with our table top show, our annual meeting was held as part of our November meeting. Wendy Jary, our advisor, joined us to assist with the business side of the meeting and reports of our activities during the past year were read and approved. All of the previous committee were re-elected with the addition of one new member, Lyn Parker. Monica Collins was elected to remain as president for 2017. The overall winner of our monthly competitions for the past year was Sue Hilling with Monica Collins in second place and Shirley Kendall third. Our bi-annual table top show was a great success with nearly 100 entries this year. This competition gives members the opportunity to show their skills at cooking and preserves, sewing and crafts, photography, flower arranging and vegetable growing. Responsibility for the organising of our show was taken by Enid Castle and Lyn Parker. Certificates were awarded to the winners of each of the 24 sections. Our next meeting at 7.15pm on Thursday, December 1 in Kesgrave Community Centre is our Christmas meeting. We will be entertained by a small group from the Kesgrave Singers who will lead us in a Christmas sing-a-long, after which we will enjoy a bring and share Christmas buffet. Visitors are very welcome to join us. For more information call our secretary, Di Chilver: 01473 611415

U3A HAS A REQUEST The University of the Third Age has more than 150 groups where members get together to expand their experiences and knowledge. Now we are wondering if we could possibly contact prospective members who would be willing to help us start further modern languages groups. Travel is a great experience for retired and semi-retired people and so many of us would like to refresh or learn the language of our favourite holiday destinations. Our groups are led by members for the members so if you are interested in helping with our ever-expanding requests for more knowledge please contact our groups co-ordinator Keith Redfern: / 07443 456144 The next U3A talk at Kesgrave Community Centre is on Monday, January 30 when Jim Lowe will present Dealing with Dementia. Jim will explain the condition, aiming both to encourage carers and correct misconceptions. Members are also welcome at Woodbridge Community Hall on Monday, December 5 for a talk by Christine Adams entitled Miss Savidge Moves Her House which starts at 2.30pm. This is the fascinating story of a woman who literally moved her house to Norfolk. For details of planned events and membership call 03001 233913 or visit:

IPSWICH PHILATELIC SOCIETY Gerald King presented a talk entitled Alternative Lundy on November 2. He started the evening with a statement: “You must believe everything that I tell you this evening”. He then revealed the display of Lundy stamps based on Lundy being the centre of world trade, the Commonwealth, and the first country to issue stamps. All the iconic issues of Britain and Commonwealth were displayed along with mail sent to Dad’s Army characters, all issued and posted in Lundy. A great fun evening enjoyed by all. Wednesday, December 7:  Social evening with bourse and single sheet competition Meetings are held at Cedarwood Primary School, Wilkinson Drive, Kesgrave, 7 for 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.


OUT & ABOUT MARTLESHAM LADIES CLUB It’s time to wish all our members a Happy Christmas! We have just one more meeting in 2015 – our Christmas Party on December 10. There will be a bring and share supper and musical entertainment with carol singing to get us all in the festive mood. At our last meeting Simon and his guide dog Lennox were presented with a cheque for £700.50 which we have raised during the year. It will be used to buy special life-jackets for disabled members of the East Anglian Sailing Trust. Looking forward to 2017, our first meeting is on January 7 when Sarah Waldock will show us how to make cards from scrap.

ORWELL DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY On Wednesday, November 2, Jo Walton presented a great talk with wonderful illustrations on the origins and uses of camouflage. Beginning with khaki, it developed into a sophisticated science.  Designers,  artists and scientists  pooled their talents to help the war effort. It enabled ships, airfields, factories and soldiers to be hidden from enemy eyes.   

Make a New Year’s resolution to do something different and join our friendly club. Meetings are held on alternate Thursday evenings at 7.30pm in the Richards Room.

On December 7, we host Ian Keable with a lecture entitled The Corked Conjurer: Comedy and Credulity in Georgian England. Ian is a lecturer and has been a professional magician.

For more information contact Doreen Boar: 01473 622768

Why not come along and enjoy some good company and an interesting talk? We meet at Tower Hall, Broadlands Way, Rushmere St Andrew on the first Wednesday of most months and we also organise interesting day visits. The wonderfully illustrated lectures are presented by national and international lecturers and start at 2.15pm (2pm arrival is advised). Guests and non-members are welcome, provided we have available space. A £6 donation is asked.

MARTLESHAM HEATH AVIATION SOCIETY Our meeting on Friday, November 4 featured an illustrated talk by one of our own members. David Empson demonstrated his enthusiastic and comprehensive knowledge in a talk entitled What Did Your Relative Do In The Great War?. In addition to a number of large storyboards depicting war heroes from Ipswich, David had brought along a large collection of medals dating back to the Crimea. These included a set of the iconic Pip, Squeak and Wilfred medals. These campaign medals were issued to men of the British Expeditionary Force who fought in that most horrific war. The first of these medals is the 1914-15 Star and was given to members of the Old Contemptibles who fought in France in 1914. When they were issued in the 1920s they were so called after a popular comic strip in the Daily Mirror. Members of the audience brought along various medals from their own families. A visitor from Stowmarket brought an Anzac commemorative medallion, a poignant reminder of the sacrifices from Australia and all the countries of the then British Empire which came to the assistance of the ‘mother country’. David’s command of his subject made for a most interesting evening and a vote of thanks was given by our chairman, Martyn Cook. John ‘Smudge’ Smith will deliver an illustrated talk entitled The History of Duxford on Friday, December 2 at the Community Hall on Felixstowe Road. Meetings start at 7.30pm with a tea/coffee break. Non-members are welcome for a payment of just £4 at the door. Alan Powell: 01473 622458

IPSWICH & DISTRICT HISTORICAL TRANSPORT SOCIETY Wednesday, December 7, 7 for 7.30pm: Steam Locos on East Anglian Metals, an illustrated talk by Peter Groom Wednesday, January 25, 7 for 7.30pm: The Railways of Durango and Germany, an illustrated talk by Graham Austin We meet at the Salvation Army Citadel, 558 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich – entrance via rear car park. Visitors welcome – £3.50 at door including tea/coffee. Details from: 01473 414746/422145

For more information contact Wendy Robbins: 07736 417347 /

IPSWICH AND DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB Probus clubs are for retired or semi-retired business gentlemen. The primary objective is to provide fellowship between members and to share similar interests in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We meet monthly at the Masonic Hall on Soane Street, Ipswich on the last Wednesday of each month for lunch, followed by talks and lectures on a variety of subjects. In addition we hold social events including outside visits when we invite our spouses, partners and friends to join us. If membership appeals to you, please contact our secretary, Ken Stanley, for further details: 01473 274898/

IPSWICH BRANCH, SUFFOLK FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY   On Friday, December 9 at 7.30pm (two weeks earlier in the month than normal and on a Friday), TV producer and storyteller Andrew Selwyn will present an entertaining talk entitled Victorian Ghost Hunters, just right for getting in the Christmas spirit! 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 £3 for society members and £3.50 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:


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December is a quiet time on the allotment. There are few remaining crops to be harvested and very little can be planted at this time of year. Winter cabbages can be harvested regularly, and Brussels sprouts should be picked frequently to ensure that the sprouts remain nice and tight. Leave parsnips and leeks in the ground until you need them – they should be fine. If you prefer them to sets, onion seeds can be sown in trays or pots towards the end of the year, ready to be planted out when the weather is warmer. The end of the year is fast approaching and now is the time to pore through those seed catalogues and dream of what next year can bring. Time spent preparing our garden tools for winter will pay dividends when we come to use them again: make sure they’re free from soil and mud, and wipe them down with an oily cloth to keep them sharp and prevent them rusting. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas. Looking forward to seeing you on the allotment in 2017. If you’ve ever fancied growing your own, we do have a few plots available at our picturesque Rushmere St Andrew site. New members are always made very welcome. If you’re unsure if allotmenting is for you, we have small starter plots, or there are half and full-size plots if you’d prefer. For more information, please contact our membership secretary Angela Brown: 01473 612283 / Becki Ritson


We would like to thank all the parents who attended our AGM. We now have a new committee and thank the previous members for the work they completed over the last three years. Without the support of parents taking on a role in the committee our fantastic playschools could not continue. Thank you. Over the last few weeks the children have taken part in a variety of activities. We welcomed a lady who allowed the children to dress up in a range of traditional Indian clothing as well as taking part in some Bollywood dancing. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, the staff or the children. Maybe it’s an idea for the adults as a fundraising night! We have also spent time exploring the natural world around us and how autumn is bringing change to the trees and woodland. The children loved climbing trees as well as learning about the constituent parts and what we call them. Our Kesgrave team have had their Ofsted Inspection and we are very pleased to say they received an overall ‘Good’. This ties in very nicely with them celebrating their second birthday on November 17. The full report can be seen at: So looking forward, we are starting to think about our Christmas Nativity – wish us luck. Should you and your two to five year old wish to look around you are very welcome. We are now introducing sessions with lunch club added on, so if staying all day is too much your child can enjoy a three hour session and then an extra hour with a packed lunch before heading home. Please contact us (numbers below) and any of our fantastic staff will be happy to help. Charlotte, play manager

October’s Nature Watch Club meeting revolved around the subject of fungi. It included a ‘foray’ through the woods to identify species that had been learnt about. A great variety of shapes and sizes, colours and species were spotted, much to the interest of all involved. These included dead man’s fingers, common earth ball, several instances of bracket fungi and the oddly named turkey tail. Hopefully all of you who came along enjoyed yourselves.

Martlesham Playschool: Gorseland School, Deben Avenue, Martlesham IP5 3QR / 01473 625986

Recently two instances of concern have come to the attention of the group. Firstly, we would like to thank the quick-thinking walker who prevented someone from starting a fire in the woods, and remind everyone of the amazing space that the woods is and what it means to so many people. Causing damage to it only causes misery and deprives the community of somewhere that should be a place to relax and unwind. In the same vein, people have been spotted metal detecting in the woods which, besides being illegal, is destroying the protected status of the woods. We realise that not everyone knows this but it is very much appreciated if you can protect the woods in any way.

Christmas is coming and our pre-schoolers will be decorating the nursery, singing Christmas songs, dressing up in the Christmas Nativity and having fun and games at our Christmas party. After-school clubbers will be busy creating Christmas cards and decorations for us to use and to take home.

Fungi Foray by S Corley

The next meetings (your chance to get involved) are as follows: Sunday, December 18: Volunteer Work Morning All welcome; no need to book. Meet at the Education Area, 10am-noon. Sunday, December 18: Nature Watch Club. Special Christmas meeting in which we will be making Christmas wreaths. Ages five-11, meet at the Control Tower, 9.30-11am. Booking essential; please email: For more details of the group’s events please visit or join our members’ Facebook Group by messaging Duncan Sweeting. And finally, have a Great Christmas and a Happy New Year from all in the group. George Pennick, Nature Explorer and Young Volunteer

Kesgrave Playschool: Millennium Jubilee Hall, Millennium Way, Kesgrave IP5 2EN / 07746 907060 Email:


Our Cracking Christmas Fair is on Saturday, November 26, 2.30-4.30pm. Get into the Christmas spirit and join us in our winter wonderland for festive crafts, gift ideas, mince pies and much more. We are now taking bookings for our Christmas Holiday Club (December 2123) and will then be closed until we return for the new year on Tuesday, January 3. We currently have vacancies in all our rooms, including spaces for funded two and three year olds. Don’t forget your child’s funded sessions can be used across our opening hours and ‘stretched’ across holiday club too. The Saplings is open Monday-Friday from 7.30am-6pm for children aged three months to 11 years. We offer term-time and year-round care, with a baby room, pre-school, breakfast club, after school club and holiday club sessions and a ‘walking bus’ to Birchwood Primary School. For further information on all our term-time sessions or holiday club bookings, please contact our friendly team of dedicated and experienced staff: 01473 614753 /


SCHOOLS / SPORT CHRISTMAS AT BRIGHT STARS The Christmas story will be the theme for our December Bright Stars session. If you are a pre-schooler, toddler or baby, why not bring your parents, grandparents, friends and/or or carers to the session and enjoy the start of the festive season with us? Our fun half hour sessions include singing, stories, games, activities and making crafts to take home. We meet 10.30am on the second and fourth Mondays of each month during term time at St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL. The half hour sessions are free and are followed by refreshments and a chance to chat and play until approximately noon. Why not come and visit us? You are welcome to just turn up on the day at any of the sessions, however if you would like any further information feel free to telephone us on the phone numbers below. We look forward to welcoming you. Our final date for the autumn term 2016 is December 12. Our spring term 2017 will start on Monday, January 9. See January magazines for our full list of 2017 spring term session dates For further information please contact: Jennie Fidler, 07584 420729; Sonya and Maureen Burrows, 01473 625196; or Sue Lambert, 01473 624130

HUMPTY DUMPTY PLAYGROUP It’s certainly been very busy here at Humpty Dumpty Playgroup. To start the term, we dressed up and had a party for Halloween and created colourful paintings for Bonfire Night while talking about keeping safe. Thank you very much to Vrittika and her mummy Suchita Ande for coming in to talk to the children about Diwali and how it is celebrated in India. The children eagerly made Rangoli patterns and clay pots for their candles.

HEDGEHOG NURSERY AT GORSELAND SCHOOL Throughout November we have been learning about autumn and hibernation. We began by going on an autumn walk around the school grounds, where the children found lots of colourful leaves and conkers which we took back to the nursery. We made an autumn tray and used leaves to produce rubbings, pictures, paintings and collages. We also found out about animals that hibernate and focused in particular on hedgehogs. The children left a dish of cat food and water in the nursery garden for a few days and hoped that a passing, hungry hedgehog was grateful. We made hedgehog bread, read hedgehog stories, found out hedgehog facts and much more. We then learnt about fireworks and how to stay safe.  We created sparkly pictures using splattered cotton wool balls and made pictures using marbles. Recently, we have been very busy learning our Christmas songs for our first nativity. We would like to thank Harriet’s mum, Emily, for her amazing skills in costume making. Everyone at Hedgehog Nursery would like to wish all of our families and friends a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2017. Facilities for hire at Gorseland School Gorseland School is lucky to have some excellent facilities in the form of a multi-use games area (MUGA), a large Astroturf pitch, a playground and a large indoor hall. These facilities are available for the benefit of the general public on weekday evenings and throughout school holidays for a very competitive fee. The facilities are currently used for after school clubs, sporting groups, Scout and Guiding groups, fitness classes and other one off events. Weekly, monthly or ad hoc bookings are all welcomed. Parking is available on site. For further information or to make a booking please contact the school office: 01473 623790 /

IPSWICH WANDERERS FC To support our People Who Help Us week, we would like to say a big thank you to paramedics Kim and Ali from the East of England Ambulance Service who came to visit the children. The children enjoyed being inside the ambulance and learning about the important work paramedics do to help people every day. On Wednesday, November 23, we held a BEEP BEEP day and wore bright colours to raise money for Brake, the road safety charity. Thank you very much to Disco Duck for coming to playgroup in your fluorescent jacket and helping the children to understand keeping safe while having lots of fun. Staff and Brake would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends who raised money by giving donations and supporting the raffle. The children are looking forward to their Christmas party. As they have all been such good children this year, Santa wrote them a letter and told them he will join them at their Christmas party and even bring presents! Sally, Wendy, Lorna, Laura, Sharon, Gemma and Helen would like to wish all our children and their families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all for more fun and learning in 2017. We are situated inside Kesgrave Community Centre on Twelve Acre Approach. Contact / 07837 154081 (term time 8.30am-4pm) or manager Sally Cutts on 01473 625998 (evenings only).


It has been a month of changes at The Doucy. A reshuffle of the off-field personnel sees the experienced David Bugg as the new chairman and academy director Tom Page takes over in the new position of managing director. Meanwhile, the 1st Team has had some encouraging results of late. Most notable were the League Cup win at Wivenhoe, who comprehensively beat us earlier in the season, and an impressive 4-2 away victory at Ely City. Wanderers currently sit in mid-table and manager Shane Wardley is confident that his team are making progress in the Thurlow Nunn League. New signing Danny Thrower, from Stanway Rovers, has made a quick impact in boosting the attack. Unfortunately, the arrival of ‘Percy’ has seen Matt Mackenzie move to Woodbridge Town. We wish him every success at his new club. As you read this, our FA Vase campaign will have begun with an away tie at FC Romania, a club based in Cheshunt. They are a side doing well near the top of the Essex Senior League so if Wanderers have won there, we will be looking forward to a third round tie. Home fixtures at The Doucy in December Tuesday, November 29: KO 7.45pm v Coggeshall Town (League Cup) Saturday, December 3: KO 3pm v Saffron Walden Town (League) Saturday, December 17: KO 3pm v Wivenhoe Town (League) Monday, January 2: KO 3pm v Mildenhall Town (League) For the latest club news and details of all Wanderers fixtures visit the club website. Keith Lloyd

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SPORT KESGRAVE KESTRELS FOOTBALL CLUB Up to early November the Saturday Firsts had a strong run of results. Three consecutive league wins have moved them to the top half of Division 3 and they have progressed to Round 4 of the Suffolk FA Primary Cup with a 10-0 win over Vipers Reserves and to Round 2 of the Bob Coleman Cup with a 4-2 win over Bramford Road Old Boys. The Reserves are fourth in Division 4 with 13 points from their first 10 games. The Sunday Firsts are second in the RM1B division of the Sunday league with 14 points from seven games, the most recent a 3-2 win over Martlesham Old Boys. They have also progressed to Round 3 of the Suffolk FA Sunday Shield with a 4-2 win over Walton Wanderers. The Sunday Reserves are searching for their first league win in division RM3A. The Sunday Vets team have now played three league games with four points. Amongst the youth teams, the older age group teams are continuing to struggle to achieve results. The Under 15s remain unbeaten in the league after five games and the Under 13s lead their division at this stage with five wins from five. Under 14s have progressed into the quarter finals of the cup competition after beating Brantham 4-3 in a penalty shootout. The Under 12s are unbeaten in three in the league and have progressed in the Plate competition. Our thanks to Laura and her team at PV Kits Direct who helped to provide the training kit for our expanded Little Kestrels group. The group is at full numbers now. The Under 7/Year 2 group have played their first festival event at Woodbridge in October and have a second planned for late November. We are still looking for girls interested in the new Under 10 team for girls in Years 4 and 5. If you are interested please get in touch. We are also looking for new girls to join our Under 14 squad for girls currently in Years 8 and 9. For more information about the club generally, our events and opportunities within teams please visit or contact our secretary: / 01473 620562 David Hall

SUFFOLK FINALS FAMILY PODIUM HONOURS The Kesgrave Panthers Cycle Speedway Club continues to successfully grow its membership. In that respect, 2016 was the club’s most successful year ever. The aim of this local cycling club is to get youngsters out and on their bikes in a safe environment, to get fit and enjoy new friendships, and that is certainly what has been achieved. There is nothing better than seeing young boys and girls develop their cycling skills, particularly when they are brother and sister. It’s a family affair with Kesgrave’s Charlie Parr dominating to become the 2016 Suffolk U9 individual champion with his sister, Lily, taking third spot on the podium behind Magnus Vincent, also of Kesgrave. Charlie, who was Suffolk U8 champion in 2015, has had another successful year being a member of the Kesgrave U10 team which won the British Club championship at Wolverhampton Lily and Charlie Parr back in May, finishing third in both the U10 Eastern Individual championship and the South East U10 championship. Charlie entered the sport of cycle speedway in 2014 and is now nine years old and so will move up to the U10s in 2017. A determined Lily was defending a four point advantage entering the final round of the Suffolk GP series and put in an exceptional performance to finish a single point ahead of a hard charging Oliver Baker, also from Kesgrave. Lily was delighted to win her first trophy which she has followed up by winning a second trophy by finishing fourth in the South East U8 championship. Lily also began racing in 2014 and has just turned seven years old and so will continue as an U8 next year. Cycle Speedway is a summer sport that starts up again towards the end of March. So until then, Happy Christmas. Graham Wright

KESGRAVE CRICKET CLUB Calling all Young Cricketers One of the splendid things about cricket is that, even though the playing season lasts for just a few short months, the game can engage your attention all the year round. So, have you missed cricket since the end of the 2016 season? Of course you have. But no need to worry because it’s time to start thinking about cricket again.

Any young cricketer in the area not yet involved with our club, as well as anyone interested in trying cricket for the first time, is welcome at these sessions. Please contact Steve Worne, our junior co-ordinator, if you would like to come along. Steve will also be able to answer any questions you might have about junior cricket at KCC. Steve can be contacted at:

The first piece of 2017 business is all about our young cricketers. Our winter training sessions for each of our junior age groups begin in the New Year. These fun weekly sessions are a great opportunity for anyone wanting to try cricket for the first time or already playing the game but not yet engaged with Kesgrave Cricket Club, as well as for those keen to hone their skills and reconnect with friends in their squad ahead of the new season. The sessions run every Monday evening from 6-8pm in blocks of four weekly sessions for each age group from the beginning of January until the end of March, as follows:

You can also contact us using any of the contact details at:

January 9-30: Under-9s and Under-11s February 6-27: Under-13s March 6-27: Under-15s

Watch out for more cricket news in the next edition, including details of the club’s annual general meeting and arrangements for our senior net training sessions.

Sessions take place in the sports hall at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre (next to the cricket ground). The total cost for four two-hour sessions is just £20.

Merry Christmas to all our readers and to all players, members and friends of Kesgrave Cricket Club.

If you are a member of our junior age groups, your squad coach will be contacting you shortly about your sessions. The winter training sessions are just the start of the cricketing year for our junior players. Once the weather improves, we will move from indoor training to our weekly Sunday morning outdoor sessions from April through to the end of the junior season.

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SPORT KESGRAVE & NORTHGATE KARATE NEWS It’s been an incredibly busy time in the run up to the end of the year for the teams at Northgate Karate and I can only apologise if there any competitors I miss in the write up. Well done to everyone who competed at the EKKA Championship at Northgate Sports Centre on Sunday, October 16. A great standard was shown in both kumite and kata. The fighters were sharp with the Japanese kata looking better at each competition. Well done to those who have only been working on this discipline for a short period of time. Congratulations to the following: Thomas Humphries for a bronze medal in Korean kata; Emma Buckley and Lilly Melton for silver medals in team kata; Chloe Campbell and Lola Blowfield for bronze medals in Japanese team kata; and Chloe who took silver in individual Japanese kata. Once again there was great support from family and friends. Many thanks to Gerry Turner for both your support at the event and the report. At the ELITE Karate Open Championship in Walthamstow on Sunday, October 23, there was a gold medal for Ruby Hunt in kumite and joint bronze for all the Japanese team kata girls: Amelia Clow and Sophie Swann; Lilly Melton and Emma Buckley. Lilly also won a bronze medal in the individual Japanese kata. Sunday, November 6 was a fantastic day at the I.K.G.A. Invitational Kata Competition in Southend. There were some brilliant results and a fabulous supportive team spirit. Well done everyone who competed. In the individual kata, Lauren Berry won a gold, Daisy Hopwood silver and Oliver Currie and Jess Etherington took bronze medals. In the pairs kata, Chloe Campbell and Daisy Hopwood won gold, with silvers for Emma Buckley and Lilly Melton and also Amelia Clow and Sophie Swann, and finally there were bronzes for Joe Tully and Oliver Currie. Particular congratulations must go to the three Red Dragons – Lauren, Joe and Oliver – who are all only six years old. It was the first competition they had ever entered and they all came away with medals. And finally there were some great results for our older teenage club members. Oscar Hunt came away from the Polish International Open with a bronze medal and there was a gold medal for Georgie Lawson. Meanwhile, Taylor Evans has been racking up her medal haul at an impressive rate with gold medals at both the EKF English Nationals and the British International and a silver medal at the British Four Nations.

Oscar Hunt, Taylor Evans and Georgina Lawson A fantastic achievement for all of them and a real inspiration to the young competitors coming up behind them. Kesgrave, Northgate and Associated Clubs have gone from strength to strength over the past year and thanks have to go to not only our sponsors M+C Diesel Services, I.S Electricals and Chris Clow who continue to support the competitors as they travel around Britain and further afield, but also to our fantastic instructors who push club members to achieve their full potential, helping them to achieve goals and build self esteem. Why not see what all the buzz is about in January? Start a new pastime and join our karate family. Classes are held throughout the week at schools and sports centres. Details of class times and locations can be found at: You can also follow us on Twitter at: northgateassociatedkarateclubs Eleanor Legg




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Crikey! Christmas is almost upon us and hasn’t it come around quick. In this holiday season it’s time to remember what Christmas is really all about and the clue is in the word itself – Christ Mass, the time we celebrate the birth of a child born to save the world from itself. It is the proclaiming of the good news brought to earth through a tiny child, news that mankind wasn’t a lost cause and was amazingly, deeply loved by God, loved enough to die for. When you open your presents on Christmas morning just spare a thought for the reason for the season, Jesus, the gift that keeps on giving. The Ark family wishes you a happy, joyful Christmas and a bright, prosperous New Year.

We have just celebrated Bonfire Night and commemorated Remembrance Sunday. Remembering is all about not forgetting something. In the case of these two events, it’s about not forgetting the past. By marking these historical events we hope they will not be forgotten by future generations. Remembering can also be about not forgetting family birthdays, anniversaries or appointments. In church we have ways to help us remember the past too. In our church we hold a monthly Family Communion celebration to remind us of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Bible encourages us to bless God and to not forget a single blessing. If you would like to find out more about our good God, please come and see us. We meet every Sunday from 10.30am-noon in Heath Primary School, Bell Lane, Kesgrave.

Join us on Sunday, December 18 for our Christmas Service from 11am and Sunday mornings throughout the year at 11.30am (Café & Children’s Church at 10.30am), for Wednesday Bible Study at 8pm or Young People’s Night on alternate Fridays (see website for details). The Ark Church, Wolsey House, The Drift, Nacton Road, Ipswich IP3 9QR. We can also be found at, Facebook/@arkofthelord, Twitter/@arkipswich or email:

RUSHMERE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP We have lots of activities and special services taking place during December as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and we’d love to welcome you and your family.

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Please come and celebrate with us. CHRISTMAS SERVICES Sunday, December 4 10.45am: All-Age Gift Service led by Mr David Roberts 6.30pm: Evening Worship led by The Rev Heather Marsden Sunday, December 11 10.45am: Morning Worship with Communion led by The Rev Heather Marsden You are invited to join us at 4.30pm for tea followed by a Christingle Service at 5.30pm. Sunday, December 18 10.45am: Morning Worship led by The Rev Heather Marsden 5.30pm: Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24 6pm: Village carols by the chestnut pond followed by mince pies and hot drinks at the church

Saturday, December 3 at 10am at Rushmere Village Hall, Humber Doucy Lane Christmas fun morning for all the family with games, activities, the nativity story, crafts and music. All ages welcome to attend, but this will be most suitable for children between the ages of three and 10. Parents/carers are required to stay with their children and places must be booked in advance by November 28. For more details and to book a place please call Lucy Mortlock: 07713 705751 Sunday, December 4 at 10.15am at The Scout Hall, Dumbarton Road Kids @ RCF – worship, Bible stories, drama, games and crafts. Reception to Year 6. All children must be pre-registered. Contact Lucy Mortlock: 07713 705751 Thursday, December 8 Toys & Noise is a baby and toddler group for parents or carers with a preschool child. The group meets every Thursday during term-time. On Thursday, December 8, Toys & Noise will be joining in the Christmas Journey at St John’s Church on Cauldwell Hall Road from 2-3pm (no Toys & Noise at the village hall that week). Thursday, December 15 will be the last Toys & Noise for 2016, meeting at Rushmere Village Hall on Humber Doucy Lane from 1.45pm. The new term begins on Thursday, January 5.

Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25 10.45am: Family Worship led by The Rev Heather Marsden

Sunday, December 11 at 10.30am at St Alban’s High School, Digby Road Children and youth at RCF will be taking part in this all-age service.

No evening service

Sunday, December 18 Carol Service at 6.30pm at St Alban’s High School. This will be a special service including carols, readings and a short message, followed by refreshments.

Sunday, January 1 10.45am: Morning Worship No evening service On behalf of Rushmere Baptist Church may I wish you all peace and joy at Christmas. God Bless you. Minister: The Rev Heather Marsden Secretary: Mrs Jean Cutting Church: 01473 721455


Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day Service at 10.30am at St Alban’s High School. Come and enjoy a short celebration service, suitable for all ages, on this special day. Rushmere Christian Fellowship is a welcoming church committed to loving God, each other and the community. We meet every Sunday at 10.30am at St Alban’s High School. For further information visit or contact Stephen French: 01473 431701 /

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In Touch News with Kesgrave – December 2016  
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