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Welcome back! Thank you for picking up a copy of the second edition of the WOWS magazine. We do hope you enjoyed the first edition and that it gave you the inspiration to get out and about in West Suffolk. With summer fading and the dark nights and cold mornings rapidly approaching, Christmas and other occasions around the corner, these coming months have a somewhat magical feel that brings families and local communities together. Here at What’s On West Suffolk, we would like to bring you the

best of what is happening over the coming months to beat the winter blues. Let your hair down and dance to your favourite songs at The Apex, visit Santa and his elves (and maybe take the children too) at various grottos in the area, pick up a craft, take up a new hobby or just breathe in the winter air and appreciate the seasonal flora and fauna around you. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the H2 Creative and St Edmundsbury Borough Council for making this magazine possible and delivering this to you at no cost. Here’s to a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! Councillor Jo Rayner



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Joanna Eden and the Chris Ingham Quartet return on 18 December with Jazz At The Movies – a selection of jazzy festive favourites made famous by Hollywood's cool cats and hip chicks.

Let’s Hang On: The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons returns on 7 December; Let’s Twist Again is back with more songs from the 1950s and 60s on 14 December and – Mamma Mia – Abba Party Night returns on 22 December!

Irish singer, Cara Dillon returns to The Apex on 29 November, performing carols, Celtic hymns and other Christmas songs in a magical and memorable festive experience, ‘Upon A Winter’s Night’. The Voice Squad will team up with The Galaxy Big Band on 2 December, to bring a joyful, seasonal Christmas Swingalong. East Anglia’s highly entertaining Galaxy Big Band play swing, jive and jazz from the 1940s and beyond, while Voice Squad have won a plethora of awards for their vocal versatility. Raymond Froggatt returns for a Christmas Matinee Show on 5 December at 1.30pm. A stalwart of the music industry, Froggie has spent 50 years writing and singing songs that have been covered by many major artists, including Cliff Richard, Isaac Hayes and Elton John. The 60s Hits & Laughter Christmas Special on 10 December (at 1.45pm) stars the Tornados (with their hit ‘Telstar’), The Foundations (‘Baby, Now That I’ve Found You’ and ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’) and Dozey, Beeky, Mick and Tich, whose hits include ‘Hold Tight’, ‘Bend It' and ‘Legend Of Xanadu’.

Recently inducted into New York's 'Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame', Roy Wood and his Rock & Roll Band will perform hits such as ‘Flowers In The Rain’, ‘Blackberry Way’, ‘See My Baby Jive’ and of course, ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’ on 19 December.

Former ‘Last Choir Standing’ on BBC1, and winners of a Classical Brit Award for Best Album, Only Men Aloud (20 December) include a range of styles - from Welsh hymns and folksongs, opera and musical theatre, all the way to swing and pop music - to inject new life into Welsh Male Voice Choir traditions.

Described in the Guardian as “the perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas”, many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start until they have seen An Albion Christmas! Join Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and founder of Fairport, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings on 23 December, for a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain, with traditional English music, dancing and celebration.

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THE APEX provides a cultural focus for

Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area, enabling the market town to punch above its weight when it comes to attracting famous names from the world of entertainment. However, the venue never forgets its community connections; with workshops, fairs, exhibitions and concerts by local musicians and choirs, The Apex has something for all ages…

New mums can meet up at St Edmundsbaby Breastfeeding Support Group & Cafe every Monday, or enjoy the strength and relaxation techniques on offer at Postnatal Yoga on Wednesdays, and there's fun for the little ones at babyballet® classes for ages 6 months to 6 years on Fridays in term time.

Many local choirs and orchestras hold their concerts here; Suffolk Sinfonia will perform their Autumn Concert on 18 November. Next spring sees visits by Bury St Edmunds Friendly Orchestra, The Salvation Army, East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, Wolsey Orchestra and Stowmarket Chorale, among many others. If you fancy trying a new activity, harmonica wizard Steve Lockwood holds regular Harmonica Workshops for players of

There will be an Older Persons’ Information Fair on 1 December, which is geared towards combatting loneliness and providing advice about well-being, health, safety and crime prevention. Bury Friendship Club meet every third Monday of the month, while St Nicholas Hospice offer support in their Bereavement Café every Wednesday.

Children can join in crafting workshops, or enjoy shows such as Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps on 23 December. They can even appear on stage themselves; many schools hold their end of term shows here, as do local theatre, dance and music groups, such as the vocally versatile Voice Squad, who bring their Christmas Swingalong on 2 December. Autumn’s Back To Basics Film Workshops, give 11-16 year olds the opportunity to learn and develop new skills in film-making, script writing, acting and editing, while next spring’s 4 Day Film Challenge gives 10-18 year olds just four days to write, shoot, star in and edit a short film.


The Apex also hosts craft and gift fairs every other Saturday, Christmas Fayre stalls (23-26 November) and exhibitions, such as Take My Hand's Wedding Fair (6 January), with 60 stands, free goody bags and live music.

all abilities, or you can create your own masterpiece at the monthly fun painting class, Booze & Brushes Paint Nights. Increase your strength and flexibility at Beginners' Yoga on Wednesday lunchtimes or Mixed Ability Yoga on Tuesday evenings. If you enjoy Ballroom and Latin dancing, come along to Strictly Saturdays – it’s friendly and free, as is Bury St Edmunds Chess Club, which runs every Tuesday.

The Apex foyer is home to Sodexo's coffee bar and Bury's Tourist Information Hub. Customers can also head upstairs, where they will find changing exhibitions of artworks in the contemporary gallery space.



From jazz to folk, via easy listening, blues and pop, The Apex has a plethora of acts already booked into the first two months of 2018… Ronnie Scott’s All Stars orchestra celebrate ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook’ on 11 January, playing music from the jazz greats who have performed at London’s worldfamous jazz club.

On 16 January, some of Britain’s leading folk musicians (Bellowhead and Faustus members, Nancy Kerr and The Young’uns) come together for a timely re-telling of Peter Bellamy’s legendary folk ballads, The Transports. Folk fans will also be delighted to hear that The Fisherman’s Friends will bring their shanty-style choral singing on 8 February, Ashley Hutchings revisits Fairport Convention on 31 January, and Fairport Convention themselves will return on 23 February. Son of Blues legend Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield is here on 22 January. Mud’s big, powerful voice conveys deep emotional resonance on the slow numbers and good old fashioned testosterone-laden strut on those classic shuffles.

Celebrated crooner, Jack Jones returns on 26 January, as part of his 80th Birthday Celebration Tour, while the songs of Andy Williams are celebrated by Jimmy Osmond on 7 February; Jimmy's show includes easylistening classics, along with chart-topping hits that made global stars out of Jimmy and his brothers. The Academy of Ancient Music play baroque and classical music on period instruments; their concert on 20 February will pull at the heart strings with some of the most sublime music of the early 18th century, by Corelli, Handel and Pergolesi. World music fans can enjoy drums, poetry and trance from Haiti on 26 February. Chouk Bwa Libète bring the essence of Haitian Vodou, playing music which rises in waves of percussion, vocals and dance, and have delighted audiences at major festivals, including Roskilde and WOMAD.



And, of course, there's plenty of pop in store… The Chicago Blues Brothers bring the best songs from the Blues Brothers films on 18 January; Boogie Night 7 on 19 January sees Celebrate recreating Kool And The Gang, Sing Baby Sing (The Stylistics) and Nat Augustin’s Stevie Wonder Legacy; Nearly Dan promise all the Steely Dan favourites on 20 January; Clive John's Johnny Cash Roadshow returns on 21 January; The Simon & Garfunkel Story returns on 28 January; Barry Steele is back with The Roy Orbison Story 30 year special on 2 February; and former members of The Kinks are back with all their hits in Kast Off Kinks on 22 February. Europe's most successful exponents of retroinspired rock & roll, Showaddywaddy return on 24 February, and there will be another 60s Hits and Laughter Show on 25 February, this time featuring The Merseybeats, The Union Gap and Cupid’s Inspiration.


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NOVEMBER 2017 – MARCH 2018

OMAR SOSA AND SECKOU KEITA MON 20 NOV 7.30pm / £18.50 (£5 U25s)


SAT 2 DEC 3pm & 7pm / £12 (£8 conc) The Voice Squad & The Galaxy Big Band bring a joyful seasonal celebration. ______________________________________


SUN 3 DEC 7.30pm SOLD OUT! ______________________________________

RAYMOND FROGGATT A rich global mix of jazz, Latin & African music from the Cuban pianist and Senegalese kora master. ______________________________________


MON 27 NOV 7.30pm / £22 Fronted by Paul Jones. ______________________________________

CHRISTMAS MATINEE SHOW TUE 5 DEC 1.30pm / £18.50 Cliff Richard’s song-writer celebrates 50 years writing & singing songs. ______________________________________

SUN 10 DEC 8pm / £12 See ______________________________________

SCHUBERT ENSEMBLE MON 11 DEC 7.30pm / £20, £15, (£5 U25s)

Schumann: 3 Canonic Studies; Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major; Brahms: Piano Quartet. ______________________________________

LET’S TWIST AGAIN Their greatest hits & more! ______________________________________

THU 14 DEC 7.30pm / £23.50 With a fresh set of 1950s and 60s songs. ______________________________________



JUPLICITY WED 6 DEC 8pm SOLD OUT! ______________________________________ THU 7 DEC 7.30pm / £23.50

MON 18 DEC 7.30pm / £16 A Swinging Christmas with Joanna Eden & the Chris Ingham Quartet. ______________________________________


TUE 19 DEC 8pm / £29.50, £27.50

Upon A Winter’s Night: magical festive experience with carols, Celtic hymns & Christmas songs. ______________________________________ THU 30 NOV 8pm / £27.50, £25 Alison Wheeler & Gaz Birtles perform Beautiful South hits and more recent songs. ______________________________________


FRI 1 DEC 8pm / £25, £20 Hazel and her 5-piece band play hits from her first three albums.

THU 21 DEC 8pm / £20

WED 13 DEC 7.30pm / £24 With Maddy Prior. ______________________________________






WED 29 NOV 8pm / £22


TUE 5 DEC 7.30pm / £32.50

THE VERA LYNN STORY TUE 28 NOV 1.15pm / £17.50 The life & music of the forces sweetheart, with video footage & 7-piece live band. ______________________________________


SUN 10 DEC 1.45pm / £26.50 Christmas Matinee Special: The Tornados, The Foundations and Dozey, Beeky, Mick & Tich. ______________________________________



TUE 28 NOV 7.30pm / £32.50 1980’s hit makers: ‘We Close Our Eyes’, ‘Call Me, & ‘King Of Wishful Thinking’. ______________________________________


Leading lights of the contemporary folk world. ______________________________________


FRI 22 DEC 7.30pm / £23 ______________________________________


SAT 23 DEC 11am & 2pm / £12 (Child £10) Family £38 Father Christmas is back, and this time he’s had three helpings of sprouts! TaleGate’s fabulously funny musical sequel to ‘Father Christmas Needs a Wee.’ ______________________________________


The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. ______________________________________

Founder of The Move, ELO & Wizzard wishes ‘It Could Be Christmas Every Day’. ______________________________________



SAT 9 DEC 7.15pm / £13 adv (£15 door) The Killers’ tribute band return, with Kings of Lyon, The Swamp Donkeys & Alton Wahlberg.

WED 20 DEC 7.30pm / £25 Former ‘Last Choir Standing’ & winners of a Classical Brit Award, OMA inject new life into Welsh Male Voice Choir traditions.

Traditional Christmas customs & songs.






THU 18 JAN 7.30pm / £24.50 Blues, soul, Motown & funk in a Blues Brothers style. __________________________________ FRI 19 JAN 7.30pm / £27.50 With Celebrate (as Kool And The Gang), Sing Baby Sing (The Stylistics) & Nat Augustin (Stevie Wonder). __________________________________


SAT 20 JAN 7.30pm / £18

SAT 27 JAN 7.30pm / Adults £20 (Concessions £18) Students & Under 18s £10 __________________________________

SUN 28 JAN 7.30pm / £22.50 50th Anniversary tribute show. __________________________________




WED 7 FEB 7.30pm / £30 (VIP £75) Moon River And Me: Jimmy sings classic songs by Andy Williams, along with some chart-topping Osmond hits. __________________________________


THU 8 FEB 7.30pm / £25 Widely credited with starting the revival of interest in shanty-style choral singing. __________________________________


FRI 9 FEB 7.30pm / £22


WED 27 DEC – TUE 2 JAN (times vary – see website for details) / £22 (£18 conc) CTC swingin’ 60s musical. ______________________________________


THU 11 JAN 7.30pm / £21

All your Steely Dan favourites. __________________________________


SUN 21 JAN 7.30pm / £23 The only JC tribute show endorsed by the Cash family! __________________________________


Entertaining words-and-music show covering the early years of Fairport. __________________________________


FRI 2 FEB 7.30pm / £22 The Roy Orbison Story 30 Year special with Barry Steele and Friends. __________________________________


SAT 3 FEB 7.30pm / £15 (Children / Full time students £3) Join the Wolsey Orchestra for their Spring concert. __________________________________


Direct from London’s worldfamous jazz club. ______________________________________

SUN 4 FEB 7.30pm / £28 (VIP £45)


SUN 14 JAN, 11 FEB, 11 MAR & 8 APR 8pm / £12 See __________________________________


TUE 16 JAN 7.30pm / £20 The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr and members of Bellowhead in a timely re-telling of Peter Bellamy’s legendary folk ballads.

Soul, gospel & RnB. __________________________________


SAT 17 FEB / £22 ‘They’re the closest you’re ever going to get to the real thing’ – Bill Legend (original T.Rex drummer). __________________________________


MON 19 FEB / £12 (£8 conc) Ticket + Chinese Buffet £20 (£16 conc) Variety Show with Anglo Chinese Cultural Exchange, in aid of Mayors Charities. __________________________________

ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC TUE 20 FEB 7.30pm / £27, £22*, £5 U25s

Charismatic Chicago blues from Muddy Waters’ son, with a deep powerful voice for the slow numbers & testosterone-laden strut on those classic shuffles. __________________________________


FRI 26 JAN 7.30pm / £35.50 80th Birthday Celebration Tour.


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The evolution of dance, with Strictly Come Dancing’s Kristina Rihanoff, plus dancers & singers including Chris Maloney (X Factor). Corelli: Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 1 in D major; Handel: Cantata HWV230 ‘Ah! Che troppo ineguali’; Handel: Cantata HWV82 ‘Il Duello Amoroso’; Pergolesi: Stabat Mater.

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WED 21 FEB 7.30pm / £24 The Jazz legend brings his New Orleans & Duke Ellington style traditional big band jazz. ______________________________________


THU 22 FEB 7.30pm / £20* Former members of The Kinks play all the hits. ______________________________________


FRI 23 FEB 7.30pm / £26* Original folk-rockers. ______________________________________


WED 28 FEB 7.30pm / £27.50 Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer. ______________________________________ THU 1 MAR 7pm / £8 (£5.50 conc) Hip Hop & Contemporary dance by over 100 pupils from King Edward VI School. ______________________________________

CHOUK BWA LIBÈTE MON 26 FEB 7.30pm / £12.50*, £5 U25s

SAT 17 MAR 7.30pm / £12 (£10, £4 conc) Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Folk Songs; Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 3. ______________________________________ SUN 18 MAR 4pm / £19-£11 Alexander l’Estrange’s ‘Zimbe’ & John Rutter’s ‘Mass of Children’. ______________________________________

FRI 2 MAR 7.30pm / £20* standing (£22 seated) Jacqui’s new quartet bring seductive rhythms and cuttingedge improvisation & lyrics. ______________________________________

ALY BAIN & PHIL CUNNINGHAM TUE 20 MAR 7.30pm / £20* (£5 U25s)


High voltage rock with LIVE/ WIRE’s tribute to AC/DC and Limehouse Lizzy, the world’s best Thin Lizzy tribute. ______________________________________

SUN 25 FEB 7.30pm / £26.50 THE MERSEYBEATS (‘Wishin & Hopin’ & ‘Sorrow’), THE UNION GAP (‘Young Girl’) & CUPID’S INSPIRATION (‘My World’). ______________________________________




SAT 24 FEB 7.30pm / £20*


BUTTERFLY’S WING WED 7 MAR 7.30pm / £17.50, £5 U25s



Retro-inspired rock & roll. ______________________________________



SAT 3 MAR 7.30pm / £21 The London Welsh Rugby Club Choir sing traditional & popular songs. ______________________________________


SUN 4 MAR 6pm / £10, £2 U17s Concert featuring local cellist Catherine Howells. ______________________________________


THU 8 MAR Doors 7pm / £22.50 Lush, melodic, folk-inflected rock from one of the finest indie bands of the last decade. ______________________________________


FRI 9 MAR 6pm / £5 Legendary music competition, with five heat winners, plus guest headliners, BurySOUND 2017 winners, TUNDRA. ______________________________________

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Best Duo bring joyous reels & melodies, and tunes that tug the heartstrings. ______________________________________


WED 21 MAR 7.30pm / £20* Liza Pulman, acclaimed singer, comedienne & member of Fascinating Aida, celebrates Barbra Streisand. ______________________________________

SAT 10 MAR 7.30pm / £27.50 Chic Le Freak (tribute to Nile Rodgers & Chic), The Sounds of Sister Sledge and Johnny 2 Bad (UB40 tribute). ______________________________________


THU 15 MAR 8pm / £15*



FRI 23 MAR 7.30pm / £20*

MON 5 MAR 7.30pm / £26, £19*, £5 U25s

Drums, poetry and trance from Haiti’s vodou heartlands, with music rising in waves of percussion, vocals and dance.

Rhapsody in Blue: Jeremy Denk and Britten Sinfonia play jazz & dance-inspired music by Gershwin & Stravinsky.

The Have I Got News For You & Newsquiz regular seems to think ‘Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright‘!


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Moya’s stunning voice and timeless music brings the musicality and power of Clannad, with added heart-warming intimacy.

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THE BRAND NEW BEOWULF & GRENDEL ADVENTURE TRAIL Head to West Stow this winter for a family adventure This wonderful nature trail has been inspired by the ancient saga of Beowulf and Grendel and takes visitors on a journey through parts of the unique Breckland landscape including, Heathland - where they will meet the sleeping Dragon woodlands and lake settings. The trail has been created through a partnership between the Breaking New Ground Project, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, The Friends of West Stow, The West Stow Fishing Syndicate, Bury Schools

Partnership, The Heart of Oak Company and six local artists. There are six large themed carved sculptures that capture not only the story,

but the visitors’ imagination about life in the region 1,500 years ago. The trail gives an insight into the Anglo-Saxons and also explains more about the plants, wildlife and impact we have had on the landscape over generations. The trail will have specially designed information points to help the visitors find out more plus, a Beowulf and Grendel Trail pack that can be purchased from the Visitor Centre, with Rune quiz, map, and activities for all the family. Complete the rune quest and bring it back to the visitor centre to receive a prize and even get a picture with Grendel's arm to mark the completion of your adventure!

the Danes, whose mead hall in Heorot has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel's mother attacks the hall and is then also defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland (Götaland in

modern Sweden) and later becomes king of the Geats. After a period of fifty years has passed, Beowulf defeats a dragon, but is fatally wounded in the battle. After his death, his attendants cremate his body and erect a tower on a headland in his memory.

THE STORY OF BEOWULF AND GRENDEL Beowulf is an Old English epic poem consisting of 3,182 alliterative lines. It may be the oldest surviving long poem in Old English and is commonly cited as one of the most important works of Old English literature. A date of composition is a matter of contention among scholars; the only certain dating relates to the manuscript, which was produced between 975 and 1025. The author was an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet, referred to by scholars as the "Beowulf poet”. The poem is set in Scandinavia. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of







The popular Lord of the Rings themed family event is back for February half term, are you ready for an adventure? Enjoy the Ringquest family trail, see the huge spiders of Mirkwood and the dragon guarding its treasure! Find the rings and runes to save Middle Earth, visit the Village and the Hobbit Hole, meet Halbarad the Ranger and try your hand at archery… maybe you’ll even meet a visiting Orc! Saturday 10 February to Sunday 18 February Times: 10am-5pm (last entry 3.30pm) Tickets: Normal admission applies (+ £2 extra for Ring Quest trail family pack).

Get in touch or come and visit us! Telephone: 01284 728718

Opening times: Daily 10am-5pm (last entry 3.30pm in Winter, 4pm in Summer)

Icklingham Road, West Stow, Suffolk, IP28 6HG


Hazel O’Connor and her band to play at The Apex

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ward-winning singer, writer and actress Hazel O’Connor will be appearing in Bury St Edmunds in December. Hazel O’Connor became an overnight sensation after her BAFTA nominated portrayal of Kate in the 1980 smash hit film, Breaking Glass. During this period, Hazel released three of her most successful albums; ‘Breaking Glass’, ‘Sons and Lovers’ and ‘Cover Plus’, which produced a stream of top ten hits, including the iconic ‘Will You’, ‘Eighth Day’ and ‘D’Days’. Hazel is back with her full band and will be joined on stage by her brother Neil O’Connor for the first time since their two week residency at Ronnie Scott’s back in 1984. Neil played original guitars on the ‘Sons and Lovers’ and ‘Cover Plus’ album and enjoyed his own success as the front man of the punk band The Flys. Hazel is joined on stage with a 5 piece band including Clare Hirst on Sax and Sarah Fisher on Keys. Places&Faces® caught up with Hazel ahead of her performance at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. Congratulations, you’ve got a busy few months ahead with live shows, is this what you imagined when you were a little girl growing up?

No. There were no dreams of music or show business, absolutely none. My brother was a musician when we were little and he got piano lessons and I was a little bit jealous. He is a record producer in Montréal now. He’s coming over to play with me on the tour which is great. When I was a teenager I ran away and travelled. 14

How much do you enjoy working and performing all the time?

I love singing and I was never going to give up singing, but it just worked out that I had to sing more than other artists, who’ll have a hit single, put out an album, do one tour a year and it’s all mapped out. Having not made my millions as I should’ve done with all my records, I’ve always had to work. What happened to the money? You had huge hits and the film Breaking Glass and you were the lead and it was hugely successful?

I was paid a pound to sign to my record company. It was ridiculous. I was so happy that somebody wanted me and signed me in those days, even if they gave me a quid. At the time I was delighted, but of course I had no money to pay the rent, so I answered the record company telephones for two weeks while the receptionist girl was on holiday. The day before I was told I was getting the lead part in Breaking Glass, the record company told me nobody else wanted to sign me, and so I signed a very long contract. They knew they were going to make loads, and that they’d get the best publicity for me through the film. The best producer Tony Visconti, agreed to work with me to record my songs. The label, who also had my publishing, leased me out to make the film. I finally ended up having to go to court because there was nothing coming in for me. I was in debt when I shouldn’t have been because there was a lot of money that rolled in. How did you feel about that?

Your songs are like your children, they are extensions of you, and when somebody steals them, or you don’t get anything back, you start

CELEBRITY INTERVIEW to feel worthless. I spent a lot of time feeling worthless. Who were the people that kept you going?

The people working on the film, the producers on Breaking Glass, were brilliant. I have to say, people like Dodi and Mohamed Al Fayed, the producers, were the people who keep me buoyant. Did you make friends with other stars?

I became friends with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley from Wham! during my time in court because we shared the same lawyers. Spandau Ballet remained good friends, too. Are you planning to play tribute to George Michael on your tour?

It’s interesting, because one of the songs I’ve covered on an album is George Michael’s ‘One More Try’. I’m supposed to be just singing songs from my first three albums on this tour, but maybe I’ll also include the George Michael song. Looking back didn’t you give an unknown band called Duran Duran their first break?

Duran Duran came on their first tour with me. They had such a tough time, as my audience was quite hard-core and Duran Duran came out with frilly shirts on because they were following the New Romantics. It was a little bit misguided, I think, but, crucially, they had good songs. Our entire band used to rush out when Planet Earth was played. The boys had no money at the time, but a lot of commitment, and I think their managers at the time had mortgaged themselves to the hilt to be able to afford to do the tour. It paid off though, and I’m really glad for them.

was just a silly peck, but it resulted in ridiculous stories saying I was the older woman he was seeing. Is it true that manager and X Factor judge Louis Walsh was integral in your career too?

I’ve known Louis, as he is known in Ireland, since he was 19. When I first came to Ireland, my agent sent him to be my driver and we had such a hilarious time. Nothing was organised on that tour, and to this day Louis says to me, “I always remember you screaming at your manager in England because you didn’t know what was happening.” When I moved to Ireland years later he really supported me wholeheartedly, as I was going through a lot, having been diagnosed with skin cancer. It’s crazy what has happened to him since, what with his boy bands and television work. Back in those days, me and Marianne Faithfull were his hip girls. He’s been through 50 billion different things now and knows his music inside out. That’s what I liked about Louis, he’s a music fan. He’s helped me through everything, too. How are you getting ready for your tour?

I live in County Wicklow in Ireland and I have a house in the Languedoc in France. I’m spending some time there, driving with my two dogs Diva and Lolly for a visit first, and then I have to finish sorting out my house in Ireland, because after the tour I’ve got to have an operation on my foot, so I need to be able to get around on crutches! What’s up with your foot?

They made their record deal [with EMI] during my tour and within six months they had a huge hit. We ended up appearing on Top Of The Pops at the same time and we had a cup of tea after the show at the hotel they were staying at. It was really funny because I saw they had got a bit uppity, a bit up themselves for a minute and the manager said, “For f*ck’s sake boys, you are acting like the nouveau riche.”

I was born with terrible feet and by the time my Mum got a letter from the hospital about an operation I was 16, by which point I’d already left home. I was away travelling and I refused to come back. Now, though, I finally need to do something about it. They wanted to do both feet at the same time but I need to be able to move around, and I can’t stop work completely. I’ve got less than three months to recover before I tour again, so I’m squeezing in the operation to have my foot reshaped between tours. The fact is I live in a cottage and you couldn’t even get a wheelchair in there…and I’ve got two nutty dogs!

What’s your favourite Top Of The Pops story?

Do you miss having a big band, big production?

Did you see them change after they got the record deal?

It’s got to be when we did ‘Decadent Days’ and I took my clothes off. We wanted to stay and watch the rest of the bands but we weren’t allowed to stand in the audience, so I thought it would be really fun if I got a wig, put my glasses on and stood in the audience like a dork and wave and say “Hello Mum”. However, I then walked towards the stage and threw my clothes off until I just had my bikini top and a little mini skirt on. At the time I thought it was the best moment ever. Looking back, I don’t know what I was thinking. Who were your closest friends then?

My best mate in those days was Paula Yates. I used to hang out with Paula when she was with Bob (Geldof ). But when I hit my hard times I didn’t see anybody because I was busy fighting the court case. Prior to that, which seems like a million years ago, I used to go to Bob and Paula’s every Sunday in Clapham. We would play Boggle, and Bob would take great relish in beating me because he was so well versed in words. I could never win, I’m just not as articulate as he is. Paula and I would often then go upstairs, sit under the duvet, have a pot of tea and she would tell me about all the latest interviews she’d done and her latest crushes on pop stars. We had a wonderful friendship and that time was beautiful. George Michael and I were close, too. His parents lived in Radlet, close to where I lived, and we used to do silly little things like walk my dog through the fields together. Once we went to see David Bowie together at Wembley… we got there on the tube, but then we left because it was so packed, we thought “how are we going to get out of here?” We started to walk and then we decided to hitchhike. We got the first lift and the driver freaked out when he recognised us. When we had to get out we started doing stupid stuff like Wham! dances along the road to try and get another lift. I think it was Pete Murphy, from Bauhaus, who picked us up in the end. George and I had lots of hilarious times; he agreed to be in the video for my single ‘Don’t Touch Me’ and there’s a scene where we kiss. It

Look at Ed Sheeran; you don’t need a big band. You need songs, and I have them. Hazel's final words...... "I am looking forward to be playing excerpts from these three albums as I often don’t get the opportunity to play my early songs, and to be joined by Neil who was there at the inception of these songs is a privilege for me, as is getting to play with my sisters in music sax player Clare Hirst (Belle Stars Comunards and David Bowie) and keyboards and vocals Sarah Fisher (Eurythmics) in this full band line up is gonna be a powerful thing!"

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Parks are not just destinations for a warm summer’s day. There’s plenty going in West Suffolk parks in the colder months too, for

the little ones and adults alike. While the weather might not be ideal for a picnic, your local parks are the perfect place for a frosty winter’s day walk,

or for trying to spot some winter wildlife. Take a look at what’s on for you and the whole family to do during the next couple of months… 17


Many of you will have visited The Brecks in West Suffolk, a unique landscape born out of the toil of prehistoric farmers growing meagre crops on a poor sandy soil. The last 100 years have seen much change, not least the planting of the largest lowland forest in the UK and there are lots of recreational opportunities in this special area. The Breck grasslands are very important for wildlife, and there are a few places where they still exist literally on your doorstep. Aspal Close Local Nature Reserve in Beck Row, Red Lodge Heath adjacent to the Millennium Centre in RED LODGE HEATH CONSERVATION GROUP the village and Maidscross Hill Reserve on the fringe of Lakenheath, all bear witness to a natural landscape that once spread over more than 393 square miles. They ‘Yellow Brick Road’ that starts near the centre of the town and runs all contain nationally rare species like the 5 banded digger wasp, for 1.7 miles following the route of the Newmarket Brook. They Breckland thyme and a beetle whose exotic name, the Wormwood have already worked with the council on where new litter bins can Moonshiner, adds to the intriguing nature of these reserves. go and organised volunteer days to help clear out rubbish from the One important part of managing these reserves is to ensure brook. the local community is involved, so that their value is maintained At Aspal Close Local Nature Reserve, known locally as the and understood. Friends groups like the Red Lodge Heath Close, the Breck grassland is part of an ancient wood pasture with Conservation Group have been going for 10 years contributing trees more than 600 years old, a remarkable ancient landscape. valuable time and effort to make sure wildlife is given a priority The Friends for this site have been busy removing ragwort from and visitors can engage positively with their surroundings. The the meadows as it can be an invasive plant and will be working group worked closely with the council to produce a visitor trail for with the council on new signs. There is always much to do in our the heath. treasured parks in West Suffolk and the park rangers will always More recently, just outside the Brecks area in Newmarket, a new be keen to work with those that want to make a difference to their Friends group has started up for a long linear park known as the local open space.

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Father Christmas and his elves are coming to Nowton Park this year! Listen to his stories, help to decorate his grotto with festive decorations and receive a special present. Saturday 9 December & Sunday 10 December – time slots available between 10am & 4pm. Tickets £7.


WINTER WILDLIFE Volunteer ranger at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, Martin Rogers tells us what we can expect to see during the winter months. Last winter, badgers passing through the park in winter were caught on a camera, although there is no permanent settlement in Nowton. Badgers do not hibernate, and have a very varied diet. We have recently released several rescue hedgehogs into the park. These are true hibernators and will sleep right through a cold winter, and this is one reason why we build brash piles and don’t leave things too neat and tidy. However, if there is a warm spell, they often wake up and go out in search of food. It is very important to leave some standing, dead trees in the park for wildlife. One reason is to provide habitat for bats, another animal that truly hibernates. The sheep we have will be mated in November, so that they have their lambs in the early spring. Muntjac deer are

BRANDON COUNTRY PARK LANTERN WALK Come to Brandon Country Park on a sparkling December late afternoon and whilst enjoying warming cups of hot chocolate, weave willow and stick colourful leaves onto natural paper to create your very own wonderful outdoor lantern. Saturday 2 December – 3-5pm. Tickets: Adults £8, Children £5, Family Ticket £22.50.

NOWTON PARK WINTER QUIZ TRAIL Enjoy a winter walk around Nowton Park, testing your knowledge of the events of 2017 and pick up a prize at the end! Quiz sheets are available for £1 each from the café between 9am and 4pm, from Wednesday 20 December until Wednesday 3 January. Quiz sheet £1.

present in the park all year round, as are the rabbits, hares and grey squirrels. Mice and voles store food such as sloe pips and hazelnuts from the autumn to eat through the winter. Throughout the winter months, we feed the birds in a special feeding area, open to the public. This gives people a chance to see birds up close, such as greater spotted woodpeckers and nuthatch. Elsewhere, bullfinch can sometimes be seen nibbling on the winter buds, and green woodpeckers scratch at the ground for ants and anything else they can find in the soil. The pheasants are often seen fighting just before spring comes, establishing who has dominance. The many conifers provide winter food for many birds; for example, greater spotted woodpeckers may rely on pine cones at this time of year. Treecreepers can find much winter food in the creviced bark of the cedars and redwoods, such as spiders and hibernating insects. A truly magnificent sight is the crows that gather to roost in the lime avenue at sunset. Sometimes there can be thousands of them.

ADULT WINTER WARMER BUSHCRAFT DAY NOWTON PARK Learn to build various shelters using natural materials from the woodland and build a fire. Sunday 4 February, 10am - 3pm, £30


Join rangers and volunteers to catch, identify and ring some of our iconic bird species. Sunday 11 February, 9.30am, £4

PRIMITIVE FIRE LIGHTING NOWTON PARK Come to Nowton Park for a day of coaching in primitive fire lighting. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course. Saturday 14 January, 9.45am -3pm, £35

NATIONAL BIRD BOX WEEK EAST TOWN PARK Help the Rangers make new nest boxes for the park, and make and take home a box for the birds in your garden. Thursday 15 February – 10am-12pm. £6 per child.

JUNIOR WINTER WARMER BUSHCRAFT DAY NOWTON PARK Learn to build various shelters using natural materials from the woodland and build a fire. Sunday 25 February, 10am - 3pm, £15

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MOYSE’S HALL MUSEUM Meet Father Christmas at

Moyse's Hall Museum in his traditional Grotto!

Pay a visit to see Father Christmas, tell him your wishes for Christmas, and have a photo taken by one of his friendly elves before he heads off for his busiest day of the year! For the weekend of 25 and 26 November, the grotto will be themed with a very special twist to help celebrate the museum’s annual Sci-Fi and Action Exhibition over the famous Bury Christmas Fayre. Take a trip through the Doctor Who T.A.R.D.I.S to meet the big man himself!

Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 November, Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 December £7 per child which includes entry, a free gift and photo with Father Christmas

OTHER EVENTS A Christmas Carol

Spinning Wheel Theatre present a Festive night of theatre at Moyse’s Hall Museum with their exciting adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic story. Miserly humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, has no time for Christmas. At the stroke of midnight, a ghostly visit from his long-dead business partner propels him on a helter-skelter night of visions of his happy past, harsh present and horrific future ultimately persuading him to change his ways. Featuring much-loved characters including Fezziwig, Tiny Tim and the old humbug himself, Dickens’ classic Christmas tale is the perfect way to get into the true festive spirit. Thursday 7 December - Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm Moyse’s Hall Museum Adapted and directed by Amy Wyllie, designed by Becca Gibbs £10 Adults, £8 (concessions)

M.R James Ghost Stories

Join the Victorian gentleman at Moyse’s hall in Bury St. Edmunds for the Christmas reading of M.R.James stories. Sunday 10 December and Tuesday 12 December £10 • Don’t forget, every Tuesday in the school holidays, the museum holds fun and interactive craft workshops for children to keep them entertained whilst still learning.

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This winter, Moyses’ Hall is hosting Mind the Gap an exhibition and series of events celebrating the hidden stories of women and the railway in Bury St Edmunds. The renowned railway poster designer Sybil Andrews (18981992) was born and raised in Bury St Edmunds and 21st December marks the 25th anniversary of her death. A new school in the town was named in her honour in January 2017 and her vibrant prints and posters have become highly collectable as her reputation has grown. The exhibition explores her fascinating life and art as well as the hidden histories of other women whose memories and lives were shaped by the railway. The exhibition will include original posters, artwork and historic railway artefacts, many on

public display for the first time. Mind the Gap is a treble celebration as not only is it the anniversary of Sybil’s death but the 170th anniversary of the completion of Bury St Edmund’s Northgate station and the 125th anniversary of the opening of the railway parcel receiving office at Moyses’ Hall in 1892. The exhibition and events hold plenty of interest for everyone: For adults there are tours and discussions around town, the station and pub on Sybil Andrews and life at Bury St Edmunds railway station. For children there are art and rail activities and trails, as well as events for schools and clubs. These include dedicated activities for children on the autism spectrum and their carers. To join in or find out more follow Moyses Hall and Smiths Row on Facebook or Twitter.

The exhibition has been curated by Smiths Row and has been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund




This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of ‘Star Wars’ the first film in what would go on to become a genre-defining franchise.

As part of Disney’s recent expansion of the franchise over the next 4 years, there is also talk that the character is set to be reborn in his own spinoff film. Last year saw more than 4,000 visitors enjoy the exhibition. Cllr Joanna Rayner, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture said: “The Sci-Fi exhibitions at Moyse’s Hall Museum are always popular with fans of all ages. Our exhibitions are enjoyed not only by local residents but also visitors from across the region and beyond. So I’m delighted to announce that due to this success, the exhibition has been extended from four to six weeks. Whether you are a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr Who or The X-Men, you don’t need to travel to a galaxy far, far away - just come along to Moyse’s Hall later this month to join the fun.” 2017 also marks the 40th anniversary of UK comic institution, 2000AD. The exhibition will also feature a display of rare comic artwork related to its most famous export, Judge Dredd, and include the costume worn by Karl Urban in the highly acclaimed film, ‘Dredd (2012)’. Also on display this year will be screen-used costumes and props including Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Claws, Halle Berry’s Storm suit from the X-Men franchise and Patrick Stewart’s Captain Picard costume from Star Trek: The Next Generation courtesy of exhibition sponsors Kudos Memorabilia. Lance Alexander added: “It’s still very much a community event, working closely with local collectors, however with professional companies such as Kudos [Memorabilia] on board it allows us to offer a taste of Hollywood as part of the exhibition.”

The Sci-Fi & Action Exhibition 2017 will include: • See: Wolverine’s ‘Adamantium’ claws worn by Hugh Jackman in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ (2006). • Storm’s outfit worn by Halle Berry in ‘X-Men’ (2000). • Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s uniform worn by Patrick Stewart in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’. • The iconic hero costume worn by Karl Urban in ‘Dredd (2012)’ and original comic artwork on loan from local and national collectors. • Step through the TARDIS to a world of Dr Who memorabilia and explore the Borough’s collection of rare time pieces. • A wide range of screen-used props, screenaccurate replicas, collectables and more from the world of Sci-Fi and Action courtesy of local collectors. • Drop in craft workshops, trails, and Lego activities.


Saturday 21 October – Sunday 26 November 2017

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A new exhibition at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art - until Sunday 8th April 2018 • A display of Sir Alfred Munnings’ drawings, sketchbooks, studies and the finished pieces. • Highlighting the influence horseracing and Newmarket played in Munnings work. • Artwork by Munnings that is rarely seen together on public display. The National Heritage Centre at Palace House in Newmarket has partnered with The Munnings Art Museum, in Dedham, Essex, to present this extraordinary new exhibition of racing scenes by Sir Alfred Munnings. The exhibition reveals the impact of Newmarket, Epsom and other well-known courses, horses and owners on one of Britain’s greatest equestrian artists. The exhibition is open until Sunday 8th April 2018. Sir Alfred Munnings had the ability to ‘sculpt’ the figure of a horse in paint and ‘Painting Winners’ explores the techniques he developed to do this through his drawings and sketchbooks, painted studies and completed canvases. Late paintings of horses being trained on Newmarket Heath demonstrate how the artist re-visited the impressionist style of his youth in contrast to the ‘slick and repetitive’ style of his earlier equestrian portraits, which often received criticism. The exhibition also exposes, through Munnings’ own writing, the angst of ‘the tortured artist’ in trying to achieve the true likeness of a thoroughbred horse to be scrutinised by patrons and horse lovers alike. The exhibition will comprise of some of Munnings most recognisable works, including those of his favourite subject - the start of the race. In contrast, visitors will also see studies of empty stands and paddocks which describe the peacefulness of the course before the explosion of the race itself. Though drawn to Newmarket as an artist, Munnings also had a personal affinity for the town which is demonstrated through a recently discovered poem, ‘I’ll fly away at midnight, whilst a star will lead me on along the broad highway Towards Newmarket for another day.’ Included in the displays are personal items and ephemera including the tools of his trade, palettes, smock and brushes which come together to create an exciting new exhibition about this celebrated artist.

Chris Garibaldi, director at the National Heritage Centre said: “We are very excited to be hosting this new exhibition. Sir Alfred Munnings’ work is of extraordinary quality, and this exhibition highlights the profound influence Newmarket had on his work. There is a very special relationship with Munnings and the site at the Heritage Centre that used to be owned by the Rothschild family, who commissioned him to paint their racehorses. Unfortunately these works were destroyed in a bombing during the war and Munnings regarded it as one of the great tragedies of his working life that these pictures were lost. It feels as though this exhibition very much belongs here in Newmarket and we are incredibly grateful to be working in partnership with The Munnings Art Museum.” Dr Bill Teatheredge, Curatorial Associate at The Munnings Art Museum and curator of this exhibition said: “Munnings was often tormented by the need to produce a near photogenic likeness of a thoroughbred horse. This exhibition explores how he refined his impressionistic techniques and then indulged them in his passion for all things Newmarket.” Jenny Hand, Director of The Munnings Art Museum said: “There is no better place to celebrate Sporting Art at its best than in Newmarket. We feel extremely privileged to be exhibiting this number of Munnings racing pictures, from our collection in Dedham, in the home of horseracing. We hope that race and art lovers alike will discover more about Munnings, man and artist”.


Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 December 11am – 7pm King’s Yard Galleries and Rothschild Yard

To celebrate Winter Wonderland in Newmarket why not join us for a weekend of Christmas festivities. From wreath making to Christmas crafts there is something to keep all members of the family busy. Included in general admission.

CLARE BALDING BOOK SIGNING Friday 11 December 4.30pm – 6.30pm Palace House Shop

Come and meet Clare Balding and get a copy of her new children’s book ‘The Racehorse Who Disappeared’ – a great gift for Christmas! A range of her books will be available to buy in the Palace House Shop. Free of charge.

COLOURING COMPETITION AND CRAFTS Wednesday 20 December - Wednesday 3 January 2018 11am -4pm Picnic Room, Rothschild Yard

Take part in our equine colouring competition and Christmas crafts activities throughout the school holidays. Take your crafts home to remind you of your trip to the National Heritage Centre. Included in general admission. About Palace House Newmarket Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm daily All full price admission tickets are valid for 12 months from the day of purchase* General Admission: £16.50 Concessions: £15.50 Children (5-16 years): £9.50 Family (2 adults and 4 children): £40.00 27

Haverhill Arts Centre is a beautiful Gothic Victorian Grade II listed redbrick building (often mistaken for a church) located in Haverhill’s High Street. There’s something on practically every night of the year from music, cinema, comedy, theatre (live and broadcasts) and children’s shows and community events. Whatever you come to see or do, you are assured of a friendly welcome with a team of helpful staff who are always willing to go that extra mile.


We’re sure you’ll enjoy your visit to Haverhill Arts Centre, our customers are always saying nice things about us … “Beautiful Venue” If you follow their Facebook page you can pick up some great tickets. We've managed to see some really good comedy shows with stars including Rob Beckett, Alan Carr and Romesh Ranganathan. The venue's beautiful with an intimate feel to it. ‘’Fab Panto’’ Usually go to Bury for Xmas panto but parking has become a nightmare. Gave Haverhill Arts Centre a go this time and it was brilliant. Lovely comfy seats and good view of stage regardless of where you sit. Add to that the performance was wonderful and a great time was had by all. Bonus, easy and reasonably priced parking just 50 yards away. Have booked again for this year “Love this place” As a family, we have been to the Arts Centre on a number of occasions. The reception staff are so, so helpful, the cafe is fantastic value, the auditorium is the perfect size so everyone can see wherever they are seated. The toilets are clean and tidy. All in all a lovely venue. “An absolutely fabulous show at a lovely little theatre” Based on our visit to Haverhill Arts Centre, I can thoroughly recommend this lovely little theatre to anyone wanting first class entertainment in a comfortable and exceptionally friendly environment. We will certainly be visiting again very soon. “Terrific venue” I love going to The Arts Centre. It is a beautiful Victorian building which hosts a wide array of events from Cinema to Live streamed screenings and live performances. The availability of a bar during the interval or before a film etc. is great. “A hidden gem” The Haverhill Arts Centre is an excellent venue …the staff are always friendly and welcoming and it is a bonus to be able to take a drink into the auditorium with you. Look out for what’s on at the Arts Centre and make sure you give it a try - you won't be disappointed.


Highlights are below but check our website to see what else we have coming up.


Saturday 18 November 8.00pm Restless – Rockabilly Band Monday 20 November 8.00pm Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings Thursday 23 November 8.00pm Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi Friday 24 November 8.00pm Limehouse Lizzy Wednesday 29 November 8.00pm The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project


Thursday 16 November 7.00pm Follies, NT Live broadcast Friday 17 November 8.00pm Forbidden Nights Wednesday 20 December – Saturday 30 December Aladdin and his Amazing Magic Lamp.


Jon Richardson, Mark Steel , Alan Carr, Jo Brand, Romesh Ranganathan, Shappi Khorsandi, Griff Rhys Jones, Russell Kane have all recently appeared at the arts centre. We announce programme updates on our Facebook page and Twitter so like our pages to find out our comedy news first.


We screen a range of films from Art House cinema to blockbusters as well as regular broadcasts from the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and more. Check for listings.


Steven Harris, works in the technical and front of house teams: Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings ‘‘I’ve seen Jon Boden perform folk at the Arts Centre a few times now, this time he’s got a huge band behind him of great talent, can’t go wrong’’.


Enjoy snacks, light meals and delicious homemade cakes in our wheelchair and pram friendly cafe. Open from 9.30am to 4.00pm (3.00pm on Wednesdays) The Theatre Bar is open before all performances. Chat with friends or take your drinks with you into the auditorium.

Nick Keeble, programmer: GUY DAVIS AND FABRIZIO POGGI ‘’Bluesman Guy Davis went down a storm last time he was here with Brooks Williams. I can’t wait to hear his collaboration with Harmonica genius Fabrizio Poggi.’’ Autumn Wulff, works in the box office and front of house teams: CORIOLANUS ‘’The Live Screening of Royal Shakespeare Company productions are always enticing and very imaginative. I’m excited to see how the illusions are going to be executed in this tragic and brutal story.’’




Is there anything Phill Jupitus hasn’t done? A DJ on BBC 6 Music, team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, poet who supported Billy Bragg in the 1980s, TV and film actor, improv player, and musical star of Hairspray and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, he’s now returning to the live arena for a new stand-up tour in which he gets to be two people. “I have a lot of material to choose from for this tour,” says Phill about his pun-loving stand-up, poetry and music show, Juplicity. “The thing that really works for me is that I support myself as Porky The Poet, so he goes out and does 40 minutes to start the evening. Because of Buzzcocks and other jobs I was given, I let Porky and the poetry slide but after about a decade I came back to it and wrote new poems, often just chucking stuff out on Facebook for mates to read. Combined with the old poems, and factoring in chit-chat between them, I had about an hour of material.” With Porky’s poetry supporting the straight stand-up, he’s also got a proven track record of live music behind him from his time with the all-star Idiot Bastard Band. “The songs for this tour are now solid; all that comes from the time I was in the band with Neil Innes and Ade Edmondson. Because I’ve spent time away from touring stand-up, you get better at doing it by building the source material.

For the autumn tour I’ll do two hours a night: 40 minutes poetry, quarter of an hour of songs, and the rest is stand-up.” In terms of the stand-up element, Juplicity will draw on his own life, one that Phill describes merrily as both ‘chaotic’ and ‘flaky’. “Sean Lock has a phrase, which was both inspiring and worrying, about comedians mining our own personalities for material and then in your head negotiating how much you keep back. Initially there was some resistance to me discussing things on stage about my family. One of my daughters, Molly, married her American girlfriend and emigrated there, so what you get is a starting point: gay marriage is a trope that’s very much in vogue at the minute and dovetails with what’s happening in the world with Trump and so on. As a comedian you are a person in a society within the world; all you have to do is look at things and shift your camera angle. All comedians can do is put a wider lens on a situation so that it resonates with people.” As with many acts who take to the road for a lengthy period, the show that is conceived at the beginning might not exactly replicate the one which exists by the end. “What happens on the tour becomes added to the tour,” Phill insists. “It snowballs as it rolls down the hill of the dates. I wish I had the discipline of my comedy brothers


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and sisters and say ‘it’s about this!’ By the end, who knows, it could be about my love of the bridge work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Still, that would do well in Bristol.” One of the trials for a comedian on the road is that endless turnaround of doing a gig, eating late, heading for the hotel, travelling the following day to the next town and repeating the process potentially for months. Phill Jupitus has worked out new routines which work better for him. “I’ve changed the tour pattern in that I now eat before the shows. I used to have lunch on the day of a show because for years I told myself that I liked the energy of being hungry: turns out, no I don’t, because you’re actually irritable. So before a show now, I have a proper knife and fork dinner, and it makes me feel like a new guy on stage. The other thing I try to do, depending on the actual geography, is travel to the next town after a gig, so I’ll wake up where I’m playing that night. Again, it’s a very different energy to what you’re doing because you’re in situ which also gives you stuff to talk about

in the first ten minutes of the show. And wherever I am, I look for art galleries and museums, I’ve got a thing about record shops, bookshops, and second-hand tat shops where I might be able to find old badges. Everywhere I go, I try to find those five things.” When Phill started off on his path in entertainment, he probably never thought he’d find himself on a stage, in lots of make-up, belting out a show tune. But that’s one of the paths he’s landed on, with large-scale touring productions such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Spamalot and Hairspray now nestling on his CV. “My agent phoned up and said, ‘there’s a casting director in the West End who wants to talk to you about being Count Fosco in The Woman In White’. I was like, ‘what! I don’t sing!’ ‘Well, they think you do’. Turns out they’d seen me do the intros round on Buzzcocks and felt I could hold a tune. So I took some training and auditioned and they said, ‘maybe not this time, but do you want to be Wilbur in Hairspray?’ I went to see it and even though I’m watching Mel Smith as Wilbur thinking, ‘yeah I could do that’, I kept looking at Michael Ball as Edna and thinking, ‘that looks like a lot of fun’.” As fate would have it, he was offered the part of Edna instead. “I was thrown into it, three months in a dress, wig and lipstick. I’d just come out of 6 Music and felt a bit adrift: ‘do I want to do stand-up again or this or that’, and then Hairspray comes along and then Spamalot comes along. As a stand-up, you don’t think, ‘this is it now’: there are always other options. That’s why there’s a little resentment about stand-ups because we’re so adaptable.” It’s hard to know exactly what’s down the next road for the ever-adaptable Mr Jupitus, but for now he’s enjoying the cut, thrust and edge-of-the-seat jeopardy that only live comedy can truly provide. “I think I’ve found a way of monetising a social dysfunction. I’ve always maintained that there’s something slightly wrong with arts and crafts types putting themselves in the most confrontational situation, which is standing in front of strangers and trying to get them onside.” Whether he’s dressed as a woman in a musical, performing poetry or doing personal stand-up, Phill Jupitus is keeping everyone on his side.

Phill Jupitus performs at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday 6 December Please note, this show has now sold out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please call 01284 758000



AND GARDENS: A GEORGIAN ITALIANATE PALACE IN AN IDYLLIC ENGLISH LANDSCAPE As we move into the winter months start your own tradition at Ickworth, as the estate celebrates everything festive. Kick starting the festive countdown with our annual March Hare Collective Craft Fair on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November. Peruse craft stalls brimming with artisan gifts, and handmade crafts as well as some traditionally made treats. Living History continues into the winter months as the House becomes alive with stories from the past. In November as the shooting season continues, the House is full of invited guests and family members, including several children who can be heard playing. The Butler and Footmen are going to and fro from the pantry, ensuring that the Dining room table will be ready for the evening meal. During the shooting season the family only use the special china, beautiful plates edged with gold, and setting the dining table requires pin point precision. In December, Christmas is almost here and Ickworth is full of festive cheer. The maids are busy adorning the basement with lovely homemade decorations and fantasising about the wonderful Christmas dinner which they will soon enjoy. The house is filled with the smells of the cooks preparing seasonal treats in the kitchen which is adding to the festive atmosphere. It won't be long before everyone is gathered around the tree and the piano in the Servants' Hall singing carols and giving each other gifts. Join our living history cooks in the kitchen for a cooking workshop to learn all about their work and to get a head start on some of your own Christmas 34


preparations. Choose between making an orange pastry and some mincemeat to take home or delight your family with homemade Christmas pudding using traditional equipment and methods ready for you to take home and steam for a wonderful treat for Christmas. The workshops are a unique and authentic opportunity to spend time with our living history cooks and find out about life as a 1930s cook in this extraordinary house. To book visit the website. There is lots for children to do during the festive season, including Christmas sparkle, where the man himself, Father Christmas will visit Ickworth telling children magical stories and singing songs. Children will also be able to get crafty in the West Wing Gallery and create yuletide themed crafts. On the 5 and 6 December, Ickworth is also hosting a play ‘An Ickworth Christmas’ in the Gallery. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a country house getting ready for a Christmas house party with 1930s music, drama and merriment! Adults needn’t feel left out, Ickworth has lots to get involved in, from arts and crafts, to ‘make your own’ wreath workshops with Ickworth’s Outdoor team. To walk off the Christmas indulgences wander around Ickworth for great views on a crisp winter day. Follow the path along Lady Geraldine's Walk, as well as The Albana Walk, where snowdrops are complemented by the golden glow of aconites. If it is carpets of white you are looking for, Ickworth is the place to visit. This February half term enjoy a variety of children's craft activities and games in the comfort of our West Wing Gallery. Make and take home some fun creative crafts that your children will love. Of course you can always head outside to enjoy our play area, den building area and magical stumpery. T: 01284735270 E:



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The Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, is

undoubtedly the single biggest event that takes place in Bury St Edmunds each year. Whether you are a resident, live nearby, work in the town, or are a visitor, we want you to enjoy all that the fayre has to offer. The annual Christmas Fayre is designed not only to provide a huge boost to the local economy attracting visitors from far and wide but also to be a fun, festive event that our local families and communities can get involved in. Many will come along to watch their loved ones perform on stage in the various choirs or their children taking part in the lantern parade. Organisers, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, know from the feedback that it receives that many people both in Bury and from outside of the town, enjoy the friendly, festive atmosphere of the fayre. So it’s all there for you to take part in and enjoy. For those able to join us, the fun starts from 2pm on Thursday 23 November. As well as the lantern parade and fireworks, the opening event includes late night shopping and a fabulous East

Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Carol Concert in St Edmundsbury Cathedral at 6pm, followed by a fireworks finale in the Abbey Gardens at around 7.45pm. The fayre then resumes from 9am to 8pm on both the Friday and Saturday, and from 10am to 5pm on the Sunday. A Park and Ride service will be in operation from the Friday through till the close of Sunday, while the Council’s car park in Olding Road – approximately 10 minutes from the town centre – will serve as a free Park and Walk facility for the Saturday and Sunday. Additional car parks will also be provided during the fayre, courtesy of Greene King. Alternatively, if you are travelling from outside of Bury, why not let the train take the strain with a family saver ticket, and join the fayre fun as you walk up St Johns Street, home to a large number of our town centre’s independent traders. For those driving, Radio West Suffolk fm 103.3 will be providing regular updates on where to park during the fayre, while you can also get your passengers to follow our @stedsbc Twitter feed #buryparking for live updates. 37

SOMETHING TO SUIT ALL TASTES Crowned as the UK’s best Christmas Fayre in

2016 following a public vote, 2017 looks set to serve up an even tastier treat to suit all tastes. Some of the finest chefs from across East Anglia including Mark Poynton, Michelin starred Chef and from the Great British Menu, Chef/Patron Alimentum restaurant in Cambridge, Chris Lee, 3 AA Rosettes, Chef/Patron of Bildeston Crown and Jeremy Medley, Director of Infusions/ICE will be showing flair at the fayre as they demonstrate how to make fabulous, fun, festive foods in The ICE Cookery Theatre, a bigger and better attraction for 2017. As well as cookery demonstrations, the cookery theatre will have lots of delicious free food samples to taste – who can resist? The cookery theatre, which takes place in the Cathedral Courtyard from Friday 24 November to Sunday 26 November, will also feature 14 local food and drink stalls. A makers market meanwhile, will be selling crafts and offering demonstrations including a captivating insight into the workings of a forge. That will no doubt help you work up a thirst. Close by,


Bury St Edmunds brewer Greene King will be running a bar on Angel Hill, adding to the intoxicating charm of the fayre with its own fine range of christmas ales. We also have a range of more than 300 trade stalls, selling gift ideas, local and global produce, crafts, as well as an inspired selection of food and drink. Running alongside this will be the Bury St Edmunds street market on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while the Sunday will also feature a farmers market with over 30 local stalls. Don’t forget to check out the amazing array of independent shops in Bury St Edmunds town centre. St Johns Street, where many of these are based, will have entertainment running throughout the fayre and more activities are being finalised. There will also be plenty of music and entertainment to add to the festive atmosphere with church choirs, school bands and rock, jazz, and folk acts all set to perform. The weekend will finish with a traditional carol concert on Angel Hill with music provided by the Salvation Army band. So come along and join in all the fun of the fayre.


The excitement of Christmas begins in Bury

St Edmunds with the award-winning fayre and the chance to meet Santa himself. If you are looking for somewhere to take your children to meet Father Christmas then his Abbey Gardens grotto is the place to go. Santa will be taking a break from his busy Christmas schedule to come to Bury St Edmunds from Thursday 23 November through to Sunday 26 November. Rudolph and company will be joining him from the Friday onwards, so come and meet the reindeer. There will also be a magic post-box where children can send their messages to Santa which he will reply to when he returns to the North Pole. Please don’t fret – while Santa is here, his elves will be busy making toys for all the good girls and all the good boys. You will be able to see for yourself with some of the more junior elves busy at work under the watchful guidance of St Nick himself. There will be a funfair on Angel Hill and in the Abbey Gardens. As an added bonus, if you pop along on the

Thursday when the fayre starts at 2pm, the rides and games offered at a discounted rate. Make sure you also take your children to The Traverse, where local businesses will be hosting a range of fun activities including a chance to meet a variety of small animals. Opening night is always a crowd pleaser and this year we will have a school lantern parade as well as a dazzling free firework display in the Abbey Gardens. The Christmas Fayre, crowned as the UK’s best in 2016, following a public vote, is organised by St Edmundsbury Borough Council as part of its ongoing commitment to Families and Communities, and supporting the success of the local economy both in Bury St Edmunds and across West Suffolk. Keep an eye out for further updates on the Christmas Fayre nearer the time at and like the Facebook page at /burystedmundschristmasfayre 39


Get into the spirit of Christmas!

Come and join us at the Cathedral during the Bury Christmas Fayre and enjoy a variety of stalls raising money for the Cathedral and charity. Enjoy excellent food and drink at our Pilgrims’ Kitchen Cafe and restaurant and pick up a unique gift from our Cathedral shop.


Thursday 23 November 2pm - 2.30pm Friday 24 November 12.30 - 1pm & 2.30-3pm Saturday 25 November 12.30 - 1pm & 2.30 - 3pm Sunday 26 November 1 - 1.30pm All welcome, no booking required. FREE with a collection at the Service.


Saturday 9 December at 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm) Booking: The Apex 01284 758000


These are in addition to the regular pattern of worship throughout the year. Advent Procession: Sun 3 Dec at 5pm Mayor’s Carol Service: Thu 7 Dec at 7pm Emergency Services Carol Service: Mon 11 Dec at 6.30pm Children’s Society Carols by Candlelight: Sat 16 Dec 7pm - 8.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols: Sat 23 Dec at 7pm Solemn Eucharist: Sun 24 Dec at 11pm Crib Service: Sun 24 Dec at 2pm and 4pm Festal Eucharist: Mon 25 Dec at 10am

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Saturday 9 December, 7 pm (doors open at 6.15 pm). The annual performance of Handel’s Messiah with some of the country’s finest young soloists, two of the region’s finest choirs, and accompanied by the brilliant Suffolk Handel Players under the direction of conductor James Thomas, in the beautiful setting of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The Messiah, perhaps the most-loved of oratorios, is a magnificent way of contemplating the mood and flavour of the  season of Advent which itself leads into the great celebration of Christmas.   Soloists: Christine Buras (Soprano), Helen Brackenbury (Mezzo Soprano), Robin Bailey (Tenor), Richard Walshe (Bass). Chorus: St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir, The St Edmundsbury Singers. Orchestra: The Suffolk Handel Players. Leader: Kathryn Parry. Conductor: James Thomas. Tickets / Box Office:01284 758000 Some tickets will be available on the door, but booking is advised for the best seats. For more events and concert info at St Edmundsbury Cathedral please go to

The Alzheimer’s Society Carols Christmas Concert

Wednesday 13 December. St Mary's Church. The Alzheimer’s Society is hosting our second Carols at Christmas concert at St Mary's Church, Bury St Edmunds on Join us for a magical evening of musical performances from Ladies Jubilee Choir, Woodbridge State High School and Bury Rock Choir and festive treats in the beautiful setting of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Tickets are now available to purchase online at carolsatchristmas. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased by calling our Customer Care team on 0330 333 0804. If you have any questions about our carol concert, please contact a member of the Regional Carols team by emailing us at  or calling Jenna Veneziani on 07484 504825.

Carols by Candlelight at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Saturday 16 December at 7pm. Free with collection on the night .

Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone Screening

Come to see Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone in the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral this January 13 2018. Join in the fun by making your own wand then undergo wand training, so you use it properly. Visit the snitch station, make a potion and much more...then sit down and we will provide you with personal headphones to submerse yourself in this screening of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Where will the choosing hat put you? Book your tickets at

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Thursday 16 - Friday 17: An Evening with Eric & Ern

Saturday 18: A Vision of Elvis

Monday 20 - Wednesd ay 22: The Nutcracker


Friday 1 December – Su nday 14 January: Dick Whittington

Sunday 10 Dec: Dick Whittington Gala Performance


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For the whole of December (and a good chunk of January) Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is absolutely delighted to be presenting another traditional family pantomime, this year Dick Whittington. Will Dick become the master of all rat catchers? Can he save the city? Can the good ship Leaking Lizzie ever get them home to safety? Join us for the adventure as Dick Whittington sets off to make his fame and fortune, taking him from his home in sleepy Suffolk to rat-infested London Town and on to Paradise Island. Filled with our traditional blend of magic, music, fun and laughter, Young Dick, Tommy the Cat and Fairy Pearl create the perfect family treat for the festive season (Fri 1 Dec ‘ 17 – Sun 14 Jan ’ 18, plus Gala Sun 10 Dec).


Capturing the brilliance of Morecambe & Wise with an evening of their classic stand up, songs, dances sketches and routines, Jonty Stephens and Isan Ashpitel present An Evening With Eric & Ern, a show promising to take you back to a world of sunshine and laughter (Thursday 16 – Friday 17 November). From comedy icons to a musical one, Audienceware bring A Vision of Elvis to Theatre Royal for a one night musical journey from Sun Studios via The Movie Years and the ‘68 Comeback to a breath-taking Concert Years finale. Voted the Official No.1 Elvis Tribute Show, multiaward winning Rob Kingsley is renowned as one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists, performing worldwide to sold out audiences (Saturday 18 November). Next up with one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions and a firm favourite Christmas ballet presentation, The Nutcracker will be brought to life by Ballet Theatre UK featuring a cast of 24 international dancers from companies all around the world. With grand sets and stunning costumes this charming ballet is sure to leave you with a sense of warmth and treasured memories that will last a lifetime (Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 November). Following on from the panto in January will be Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, often difficult to describe since a brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance! Audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into an all-singing, all dancing production with hilarious results (Saturday 20 January). Bury Theatre Workshop will then bring us The Good Person of Szechwan, Bertolt Brecht’s jolly tale set in SouthWestern China. A fabulously colourful production and a parable for our times with a large ensemble cast, certainly a theatre experience to remember (Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 January). With so much to see, why not take advantage of the new Season Saver discount and see more for less, book 4+ shows and get 10% off, 6+ shows will save you 15% and if you book 8+ shows you save a massive 25% off each ticket (T&Cs apply). Booking is simple, visit give us a call on 01284 769505 or pop in to the Box Office in person.


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TRY SOMETHING NEW IN 2018! Dust off your dancing shoes.

If you are looking for a fun form or exercise or even just to meet new people, then a dancing class might be a winner for you! Bury St Edmunds hosts salsa classes every Tuesday evening, see their website for more information on how to get shaking those hips in the New Year.

Up, up and away!

The Flight Lab, Bury St Edmunds, is a must for ladies (and gents) wanting to try something very different. They offer a variety of aerial fitness including yoga and hoop, and teach structured Pole fitness classes too. A great way to build strength, challenge your body and meet some lovely people.

Beat the blues with the Blues.

Never too old to learn.

West Suffolk College offers fun and exciting leisure evening courses for those who want to take up a new hobby or improve on an existing one. With classes from photography to culinary, the courses run across locations around West Suffolk, so there is definitely something for everyone!

Offer a helping hand.

If you have never volunteered before then now is the time to start! When you volunteer you are not only giving back to others and your community, but it will also give you a sense of pride and achievement. You can combine it with your passions, maybe for a sports club, with children who have special needs or fundraising for your local hospice.

Relax the mind, body and soul.

Attend weekly yoga classes at The Apex to put aside all your worries and focus on you.

Sew this season.

The Cosy Cabin in Risby is a perfect setting to sew and have a natter. They offer Sit â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sew Sundays and have a wide variety of sewing and dressmaking workshops too.

If you love music and you fancy learning to play a musical instrument then why not small first. The Apex hosts monthly Harmonica workshops taught by the talented Steve Lockwood once a month.

Become an Artist.

Denny Bros in Bury St Edmunds, offer a variety of painting and drawing workshops from pastels to watercolours, portraits to abstracts. See their website for all details on classes under their events section.

Get creative.

Create some stunning pieces with friends or one-to-one in Haverhill and make anything from fascinators to tiaras with Amanda Sutherland.

Ride into the New Year.

You may not have ridden for many years but seeing as we live close to an iconic racing town, it seems like we owe it to ourselves to give it another try! Adult riding classes are offered at Barrow Hall Stables.


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If you are getting hitched next year, then read on for some helpful tips to prepare for the big day. ATTEND BRIDAL SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS early on in your engagement. There’s no better way to get inspired with new and unique ideas than by seeing them firsthand. Just create a weddingonly email address beforehand so that you don’t get inundated with messages while you’re at work. CONSIDER CHOOSING A SINGULAR LOCATION that offers hotel accommodations, as well as ceremony and reception capabilities The Athenaeum is the perfect solution with hotels all around Bury St Edmunds. Its superior location, unrivalled period features and facilities, expert front of house, highly experienced team and chefs are on hand to ensure every last details is taken care of. Whenever you are planning to host the whole occasion, from the romantic

ceremony through to your evening reception, we would be thrilled to be able to cater for your every need. Our team pride themselves on attention to detail and work closely with you to ensure that nothing is overlooked. BOOK AS MANY SERVICES AS YOU CAN with a single vendor. For example, if your wedding planner or florist offers lighting, rentals and invitations, you can potentially score a big discount for packaging them together, rather than hiring different vendors to execute each element. You also have more room to negotiate. GET SOMEONE YOU TRUST to listen to the speeches in advance. You want them to be ‘new’ to you on the big day, but knowing that they aren’t inappropriate/boring/long will give you one less thing to worry about. PRE-EMPT THOSE FRANTIC WEDDING-MORNING PHONE CALLS — while you’re trying to get your massage or hairstyle done in peace — by providing a detailed printout of whom vendors should call in case of an emergency or last-minute question. BRING THREE PAIRS OF SHOES with you on the big day: heels, wedges and flats. It might seem excessive but you’ll be grateful for the backup plan in case your heels break or you need a rest halfway through the day! JUST SAY “YES.” This relaxes the jaw line, separates your lips and automates a naturally pleasant expression. If you are planning your Wedding why not contact our team at The Athenaeum who will be thrilled to organise this special day for you! 01284 758 380 | 47



LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE, teamed with ‘Keep Britain Tidy’, is a nationwide initiative to encourage members of the public to help look after their neighbourhood from cleaning up communities to tackling dog mess. Here at West Suffolk Council, we want to go one step further and focus not only on the environment around us but also the people in it. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, meet new people and make you feel good! We want to recognise the dedication and time that these volunteers give back to society with our Love Where You Live campaign. Read on for information on who is currently helping and how you can get involved. CHRISTINE CAREY, VOLUNTEER AT WEST SUFFOLK HOSPITAL I volunteer at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust on Tuesday mornings, 8.00am – 1.30pm. I decided to volunteer at the hospital after I retired from working there. I was a secretary in paediatrics, neurology, and geriatrics for 23 years. Like many of us, I was looking for something to do in my spare time after retirement, and thought it would be great to support a worthwhile local service like the NHS which, as we all know, has many opportunities for the community to give a helping hand. You really do feel appreciated as a volunteer, and staff are so grateful for any help you can give. My main roles on the ward are to chat to patients and keep them company, as well as serving patient meals and any other light tasks that can assist staff. Training opportunities are sometimes available within a volunteer role if you want to progress. I have had specialised training to support those patients that need assistance to eat and drink, making my role even more helpful to staff and patients. Give it a go! West Suffolk Hospital matches you to a role and department that suits you, making it a positive experience for both you and the hospital. If you would like more information or to apply as a volunteer at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust visit or call 01284 713169.

EMMA KATES, VOLUNTEER AT ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL I volunteer at the St Edmundsbury Cathedral on the Brick By Brick Lego Build where a replica of the Cathedral is being made out of Lego. I volunteer for a couple of hours every Saturday. I decided to become a volunteer with the Lego build as I wanted to do something in the community and meet new people. I saw the advert for the Lego build project and thought that it would be fun. My first day was the official start of the project which was at the end of May 2016 and I have been enjoying it ever since. There are numerous benefits to volunteering, including meeting new and varied people (many of whom became friends), team work, confidence building, having fun, helping the community and adding something different to your CV. I would definitely recommend volunteering. If anyone is thinking about it, I would say ‘Try it! You will love it!’ FIONA UNWIN, MEMBER OF RUBBISH FREINDS For the last 5 years I have been part of a voluntary litter-picking group called ‘The Rubbish Friends’. We go out every Friday, come rain or shine, picking up litter on the




LAURA BUSHELL, VOLUNTEER AT BRIGHTSTARS CHARITY I volunteer at a locally run charity, Brightstars based in Bury St Edmunds whom offer a place for children and young adults with special needs and learning difficulties to play and learn in a welcoming environment whilst providing respite for parents. I have been working there for over a year now, every other Saturday morning. It may only be a few hours a week, but what I get from it is very rewarding. Not only do I get to be a part of this amazing charity, but I am part of the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing experience and the best thing is to see them improve as the weeks and months pass. Nothing can feel as good as to make another person smile. It is also a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. For anyone who would like to work with children and young people with special needs then I would definitely recommend becoming a part of this family unit. Contact them at


verges of the minor roads and pathways in West Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. There are usually about six of us out on any given day, although we have 15 members, all of whom join in when they can. We used to meet once a week for coffee and we found we were always complaining about the litter everywhere, despoiling our countryside, poisoning the wildlife and generally looking terrible. So one day we said, 'Let's go and pick it up!' And so the group was started. Why do we do it? Because it is so satisfying to see a stretch of road previously covered in litter beautifully clean and tidy. Its great exercise, great companionship and has led to some amazing experiences. I would urge everyone to try volunteering in one form or another. The Council does its best but its resources are limited and WE ALL LIVE HERE. Don't wait for someone else to pick it up, just do it!

DAVID FLAHERTY, VOLUNTEER AT WEST STOW-ANGLO SAXON VILLAGE I volunteer for West Stow Saxon Village, near Bury St Edmunds. I normally work two days a week, Monday and Thursday for approximately 4 hours a day, and odd couple of hours as and when I can weekends. I decided to volunteer because I love being outside, and West Stow is a lovely place to be in the open air, it has a large lake and plenty of walks, and the Saxon village is an amazing piece of history. It gives me lots of pleasure and in a silly way relaxing, as when I finish my work I can wander around the lake and walk in the forest opposite. The benefits for me is that it keeps me fit and healthy, at the same time as doing something useful and it also gives me satisfaction that I am doing something useful for people not just for the Saxon village, for all the visitors who visit and enjoy it, and I get to see and meet lots of new people. Also, I get to see the wildlife while doing voluntary work. I would say to anyone who has a few hours of spare time to do some volunteering, there is loads to choose from inside and outdoors. At 65, it makes me feel useful, and it helps a lot more people than you think and the pleasure and satisfaction you get out of it yourself feels great. Try it if you don't like it you haven't lost anything, but could gain a lot.

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