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All Is True (PG-13) Film Wed 4 Sept 2.30pm & 7.30pm Wrong Jovi 2019 Music Fri 6 Sept 7.30pm Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People Drama Tue 10 - Sat 14 Sept 7.45pm The White Crow (15) Film Wed 18 Sept 2.30pm & 7.30pm ‘His Way’ - Sinatra Show Music Fri 20 Sept 7.30pm The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Drama Sat 21 Sept 7.30pm Testament of Yootha Drama Sun 22 Sept 7.00pm English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle Live Cinema Mon 23 Sept 7.30pm NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors Live Cinema Thu 26 Sept 7.00pm Voodoo Room: A Night of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream Music Fri 27 Sept 7.30pm Red Joan (15) Film Tue 1 Oct 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Churchfitters Music Fri 4 Oct 7.30pm Committed to The Blues Brothers Music Sat 5 Oct 7.30pm ROH: Don Giovanni Live Cinema Tue 8 Oct 6.45pm Gutted Drama Wed 9 Oct 7.30pm

The Turn of the Screw Drama Thu 10 Oct 7.30pm A Lennon Retrospective with John Lennon UK Music Sat 12 Oct 7.30pm Sudbury Flower Club Other / Special Mon 14 Oct 7.30pm The Blackheart Orchestra Music Wed 16 Oct 7.30pm Prophet Sharing Comedy Thu 17 Oct 7.30pm The Witching Hour Drama Fri 18 Oct 7.30pm Who Are You UK Music Sat 19 Oct 7.30pm Marty MacDonald’s Toy Machine Children Mon 21 Oct 1.30pm Lady Windermere’s Fan Live Cinema Mon 21 Oct 7.30pm The Princess & the Frog Children Wed 23 Oct 1.00pm & 3.30pm Funny Faces Drama Thu 24 Oct 2019 7.30pm Dead Men’s Eyes Drama Fri 25 Oct 2019 7.30pm HORRORTHON IV Film Sat 26 Oct 2019 12.00pm ROH: Don Pasquale Live Cinema Mon 28 Oct 2019 7.30pm The Masque of the Red Death Drama Wed 30 Oct 2019 7.30pm

Hancock & Co. Comedy Fri 1 Nov 2019 7.30pm Terror Drama Tue 5 - Sat 9 Nov 7.45pm NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Live Cinema Sun 10 Nov 7.00pm Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man Live Cinema Mon 11 Nov 7.30pm Choice Grenfell Comedy Fri 15 Nov 7.30pm The Pure Floyd Show Music Sat 16th Nov 7.30pm The Voyage Musical Wed 20 - Sat 23 Nov 7.30pm NT Live:Hansard Live Cinema Sun 24 Nov 2019 7.00pm Sudbury Flower Club Other/Special Mon 25 Nov 2019 7.30pm That 80s Christmas Rock Show Music Fri 29 Nov 2019 7.30pm The Nutcracker Children Sat 30 Nov 12.00pm & 3.00pm NT Live: Present Laughter Live Cinema Wed 4 Dec 7.00pm Cardy & Coke’s Christmas Show Music Fri 6 Dec 7.30pm PANTO - THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 14 Dec - 4 January Various times

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HELLO, AND WELCOME to the autumn/winter 2019 edition of the What’s On West Suffolk Magazine. The days may be getting shorter, but there’s definitely not a shortage of fun events happening across the region! The start of autumn means the annual Sci-Fi exhibition will return to Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds. This year the theme is ‘May the toys be with you’ – an exhibition featuring the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Ways toys and memorabilia. There will be plenty to entertain the whole family during this intergenerational, intergalactic event! Other highlights of the season include the Lavenham Literary Festival, which will run from 15-17 November, and the Heritage Open Days from 13-22 September.

And then of course it will soon be that time of year again when the autumn leaves make way for festive lights and decorations. The incredibly popular Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre will be held between 21 to 24 November and include over 300 stalls selling gift ideas, arts and crafts as well as tasty food and some winter warming drinks. There will also be children’s entertainment, games and funfair rides. You can find out more about all the events running across West Suffolk online at What’s On West Suffolk is provided by West Suffolk Council (previously St Edmundsbury Borough Council) as part of the authorities support for leisure and the arts as well as healthier communities. Councillor Jo Rayner Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture and District Councillor for Abbeygate



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Wrap up warm and head out into our parks this season to spot wonderful winter wildlife that’s right on our doorstep. Here’s what to look out for:

1. BADGERS Badgers have been spotted on camera at Nowton Park. Badgers do not hibernate, so look out for their tracks in the mud or soft ground. 2. FOXES Foxes are nocturnal, but you may catch a glimpse of their red fur as they dart through the trees in one of our parks, if you’re very lucky! As mating season begins they will be more active during the day.

3. BARN OWL During the winter the barn owl extends its

hunting to the daylight hours. One was spotted in West Stow Country Park in the springtime and our photographer managed to capture its beauty.

4. MUNTJAC DEER Muntjac can be seen in the parks all year round, but they are a well worth spotting!


DON’T FORGET THE HEDGEHOGS! HEDGEHOGS hibernate through the winter – and you can help them to find a cosy place to sleep by building a hog house in your garden. There are many ways to make a hog house. You can make one from wooden crates or boxes, or buy a ready-made one online. But for maximum fun this season grab a cardboard box and make one as a family. Cut slits in each side to allow the air to circulate, and a hole in the front for an entrance. Place the box in a quiet, sheltered part of the garden and cover with a plastic sheet to stop it from getting wet. Next, pile on moss, dry grass, leaves and twigs to cover the house and make it look attractive to your new hedgehog friends. Pop in some dry leaves or straw to keep them warm inside. Lastly, leave out a little dish of water and some meaty flavoured cat or dog food that they can nibble on. They also like sunflower seeds. Remember to replace the house each year with a new one.

5. BIRDS! It’s important that the birds aren’t forgotten about

in the winter months when searching for food becomes tougher. You may see greater spotted woodpeckers, green woodpeckers, bullfinch, pheasants and many more in our parks! 05



BRANDON COUNTRY PARK SAT 7 SEPT Experience the dark side of the park on a night-time odyssey of astronomy, wildlife encounters and sensory adventure…


NOWTON PARK SUN 8 SEPT Bubble Rush is coming back to Nowton Park for its second year after an amazing event last summer. This fun-filled family challenge comprises of a fabulously frothy 5k course which features five ‘bubble stations’ with bubble cannons which blast participants with crazy-coloured bubbles, covering you in safe, frothy foam!


WEST STOW COUNTRY PARK SUN 15 SEPT The 10km trail race will take place at West Stow Country Park. This will be a one-lap flat course which will be clearly marked and medals will be provided to all runners.


BRANDON COUNTRY PARK SAT 21 SEPT Learn about wild edible plants found in the woods and parkland; with identification tips, guidance and sampling!

Country Park. You will be taught about composition, lenses, ISO settings, focusing exposure compensation control and a wide variety of other camera features.


BRANDON COUNTRY PARK SAT 12 OCT Spend the day exploring the fascinating world of fungi: collect, learn about and identify the amazing variety of species.



EAST TOWN PARK SUN 15 SEPT The guided walk is part of the Heritage Open Days event and will involve a 6.5 mile walk through the countryside around Haverhill, passing through Sturmer and Kedington. The ranger will point out wildlife and features of interest along the way. Option to stop for a pub lunch or bring a picnic. This free walk will start from the East Town Park Visitor Centre at 10am and last three to four hours. 06

BRANDON COUNTRY PARK SAT 21 SEPT This September will see Brandon Country Park play host to the ‘Tales and Trails’ festival which will bring amazing art, and environmentally friendly crafts and activities to the park. There’ll also be a series of exciting trails to help you explore this beautiful park alongside craft stalls and food outlets! The festival, which is suitable for all ages, is led by the Brandon Creative Forum, a group of local volunteers brought together by Market Place, who are celebrating creativity within the local community.


BRANDON COUNTRY PARK SAT 21 SEPT Learn the basics of photography techniques in the beautiful surroundings of Brandon


WEST STOW COUNTRY PARK SAT 12 OCT Complete either a half marathon, marathon or ultra-marathon during this race day at West Stow Country Park. The ultramarathon forms part of the Positive Steps Grand Slam. All finishers will be awarded a bespoke medal.


EAST TOWN PARK FRI 25 OCT Haverhill’s annual spookfest will see East Town Park full of weird, wonderful and ever so slightly scary creatures and characters. Sights and sounds that you have never encountered before, and you hope that you never will again!



BRANDON COUNTRY PARK SAT 12 OCT Enjoy a masterclass in Manual photography at Brandon Country Park and learn to take your camera out of Auto. Look at shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, and how to take control of your camera to give yourself greater creativity in your photos.

BRANDON COUNTRY PARK FRI 25 OCT Pumpkin Fest is back at Brandon Country Park. Organised by Brandon Community Collaboration (Shoestring Theatre, Tesco Brandon and Brandon Community Union) the Pumpkin Fest is now in its 5th year and promises to be the best year ever! More stalls, more entertainment, more fun! Try your hand at Pumpkin Carving, enter the Fancy Dress Contest, walk the Spooky Trail, and enjoy the entertainment in the Walled Garden. Entry tickets to walled garden £2, plus Pumpkin Carving £2.50 - time slots apply.




BRANDON COUNTRY PARK SAT 26 OCT Take a closer look at Brandon Country Park and learn some new photography skills and techniques in this macro photography workshop.


BRANDON COUNTRY PARK SAT 26 OCT Experience the dark side of the park on a night-time odyssey of astronomy, wildlife encounters and sensory adventure…

BRANDON COUNTRY PARK SAT 2 NOVEMBER Learn about wild edible plants found in the woods and parkland; with identification tips, guidance and sampling!

BRANDON COUNTRY PARK SAT 23 NOVEMBER AND 7 DECEMBER Children aged five and above will love making and decorating their own candle lantern from willow and paper, and an atmospheric lantern-lit twilight walk through the park.


HAVERHILL RECREATION GROUND FRI 6 DECEMBER A stunning firework display set to music. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear. There is no parking on site, please use local car parks. All children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

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The force is strong at Moyse’s Hall Museum this autumn


ON SEPTEMBER 21, FROM A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY, comes an absolute must see for fans of Star Wars and the silver screen. One of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters is going on display in a stunning exhibition brought to you by West Suffolk Council. Back when the movie Star Wars broke box office records in 1977 no one could have predicted that the merchandising would go on to earn even more than the film itself. The toys of Star Wars took the world by storm and became the musthave playthings for an entire generation. From 1977 - 1985 an estimated 300 million action figures were sold, allowing children to re-enact the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo. ‘May The Toys Be With You’ is both a celebration of the now highly collectable vintage toy line and also of the iconic design work and art of the Star Wars movies. From X-Wing Fighters to lightsabers, these fantastical designs have fired our imaginations and stamped their place on our cultural landscape. For little kids and ‘big kids’ alike this is an unmissable opportunity to view many rarely seen Star Wars treasures, and young Jedi may even have an opportunity to dress up and wield a lightsaber themselves! This exhibition has broken visitor attendance records at a host of museums around the country, and we’re excited for its first visit to Bury St Edmunds. Check out for up to date news and information on the exhibition and the additional programme of events and activities soon to be announced. The exhibition runs from Saturday 21 Sept until Tuesday 24 Dec 2019.




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AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED, but there’s no sign of things slowing down at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village! There are still plenty of events going on with the return of re-enactment and costume groups Wulfingas, Stowacynn, Yninglas and NANMA. See how life would have been in the village and have a go at some of the activities during various occasions over the season. We look forward to welcoming you to the Village! VILLAGE LIFE, ANGLO-SAXON STYLE

Sat 7 & Sun 8 Sept Wulfingas return for their second visit this year, living in the Anglo-Saxon Village, demonstrating crafts and carrying out daily tasks.


Sun 15 Sept, Sun 13 Oct Find out about the links between Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world on a guided tour from a member of the Tolkien Society and a Middle Earth enthusiast.


Sat 21 & Sun 22 September West Stow’s own costume group from the Friends of West Stow return for their third visit this year as summer ends and they prepare for autumn.


Sat 5 & Sun 6 Oct Re-enactors NANMA return to live in the Village and demonstrate medieval life through costumed interpreters of differing professions. There will be have a go activities for children and lots to see!

HALF TERM WITH YNINGLAS Sat 19 – Fri 25 Oct Re-enactors populate the Village demonstrating crafts and chatting to visitors while they carry out their daily tasks.


Sat 16 & Sun 17 Nov Stowacynn return for their final visit to West Stow at the end of the year leading to Yule. See them decorate the Hall and prepare for their festive feast.

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Celebrate the festive season with friends, family or colleagues at one of these local party nights

GLITTERBALL PARTY NIGHT AT THE ATHENAEUM Celebrate the festive season in ultimate sparkly style at the Christmas Glitterball Party! This Christmas get ready to experience an unforgettable Glitterball Party Night at one of Bury St Edmunds most iconic, stunning landmarks. Situated in the heart of our historic town, you really couldn’t ask for a more central venue. On arrival, you and your guests will be welcomed and presented with a glass of sparkling bubbles to start your night off. Following your festive drinks, you will be invited into the magnificently transformed Georgian Ballroom. As soon as you step inside, you will be greeted with a shimmering, glitterball extravaganza! A mouth-watering three course festive dinner will be created by The Athenaeum’s outstanding hospitality team, using only the finest, seasonal ingredients to provide you with a true taste sensation. Get ready to keep the party going with the venue’s top resident DJ and dance the night away whilst enjoying the Christmas Glitterball party atmosphere! Remember, dress to impress, as a photo booth will also be available to capture the glitz and glamour of the evening. WINTER WONDERLAND AT THE APEX Step into a Winter Wonderland Christmas Ball and enjoy a magical evening of fine dining and live entertainment this year at The Apex. The Apex invites you to enjoy an evening of style and sophistication at the Winter Wonderland themed Christmas Ball. The impressive, modern Auditorium, normally the heart of art and performance in Bury St Edmunds, will be transformed with a magical Winter Wonderland Christmas theme. On arrival you will be greeted with a celebratory cocktail to get your evening started. Dress to impress as the resident photographer will be taking festive photos of you and your guests in your finest attire! Enter into the sparkling Winter Wonderland Auditorium, and enjoy the beautiful transformation; magical decorations, twinkling lights and tables artistically dressed to reflect this year’s stunning theme. A delicious three course festive Christmas meal will be served by our outstanding hospitality team, who insist on only the finest seasonal, fresh ingredients. After dinner, dance the night away to the music provided by our resident live band. Let the party commence! Glitterball Party Nights take place on various dates in December. Winter Wonderland at The Apex takes place on 6, 7, 13 and 14 December. To find out more information, visit: athenaeumbse.



Ickworth's Light Nights Friday 22 November to Friday 6 December 4.30-8.30pm

Discover a brand new sensory and light-based experience this winter in Ickworth's Italianate Garden, as as we capture the magic of our Gothic Victorian Stumpery. Make the most of your evening with delicious food and artisan drinks – a great combination for the perfect night out. Book your tickets - on sale from mid September. Follow us on social media for more information.

Situated just 5 miles east of Bury St Edmunds, junction 46 of the A14.

Food served every day Monday 12-6pm—Full Menu Tuesday to Saturday 12-9pm—Full Menu Sunday 12-6pm—Sunday menu and Roast dinners 3 Real Ale pumps on offer with rotating guest ales from around East Anglia Choice of lagers * All wines by the glass Garden Terrace with south west facing garden Dogs welcome inside and out!

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ICKWORTH AN ITALIANATE PALACE IN THIS AUTUMN DISCOVER the vast beauty that surrounds Ickworth through the woods and parkland and celebrate the Roots of Ickworth. There’s fun for all the family with enchanting walks through the estate and the chance for children to become little rangers by continuing the tradition of collecting acorns to grow new oak trees. Autumn also brings the 30th annual Wood and Craft Fair on 5 and 6 October with the rare opportunity to buy Ickworth wood directly from the estate, along with beautiful gifts to buy, skilled crafts demonstrators and tasty homemade food. Winter brings magical moments to Ickworth. There will be traditional workshops offering you the chance to create decorations for your homes and living history in the servants’ quarters. Towards the festive season you could meet Father Christmas, sing songs, hear an enchanting story and receive a present from under the tree. This winter visit Ickworth’s Italianate garden that glows. Awaken with a sensory and light based trail capturing the magic of a gothic Victorian Stumpery. Make the most of your evening with delicious food and artisan drinks available – a great combination for the perfect night out. Ickworth’s £5 million conservation project ‘Ickworth Uncovered’ is well underway and visitors will soon be invited to see an outdoor art installation by artist Pablo Bronstein working in partnership with David Kohn Architects, as well a more theatrical way of experiencing Ickworth internally, thanks to an innovative new presentation style and ways to interact with the work happening on the roof. For more information, including opening times, please visit

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KENTWELL HALL THE VISITOR SEASON NEVER ENDS at the independently and privately owned Kentwell Hall that is located in the picturesque village of Long Melford. This wonderful, romantic Tudor house with acres of beautiful and interesting gardens, is best known for its re-creations including Tudor specific, period living and WWI & WWII. Kentwell’s signature event ‘Tudor HandOn’s’ with over 250 Tudor volunteers took place over a 10 day period during August. The Hall then moves on to its last Tudor weekend of the year; Michaelmas (21 and 22 September) which is a celebration of a good harvest that will see them through the harsh winter months. During October, Kentwell Hall becomes “Scaresville - The Haunted Village.” It is East Anglia’s premier five star scare attraction with visitors coming from all over the UK. If you have not been before, you will experience an hour of pure adrenaline as you journey over open land and through

woodlands, but watch out for ghosts, ghouls and other creatures that stalk the night. Whilst Scaresville is for adults, during October Half Term, children can enjoy the brilliant and entertaining Halloweenies School for Sorcery, between 19 - 27 October. Learn the art of wizards, magicians and sorcerers and have hours of Halloween fun and games. Kentwell’s finale of the year is the Dickensian Christmas re-creation that offers something for the whole family. The house will be decorated in traditional Victorian splendour, and there will be entertainment throughout the day in The Victorian Tavern and Music Hall. Kids can join the Elf Training School at the event and earn a certificate to help Father Christmas. Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9BA 01787 310207

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ARE YOU READY FOR A NIGHT OF FRIGHTS? Scaresville returns to the grounds of Kentwell Hall from Wed 2 October to Sat 2 November for the 13th year of fear! Every year the Haunted Village becomes alive with all manner of unearthly creatures, ghosts and ghouls. If you’re brave enough you can investigate the village in the dark of night and uncover the horrors of Scaresville. As you arrive at Scaresville you will hear the distant screams of visitors (or victims) who are already inside. You will enter the Unfairground to wait for your turn in the Scarezone. Whilst you’re there you will meet a variety of intriguing characters, wandering magicians and acrobats. Take part in fairground games and try the 5 minute Escape Room. Your group will then be called to enter the Scarezone. Get ready to experience an hour long journey through buildings, parkland and woods inhabited by…well, who knows? And at the end you reach the BAR-baric for a much-needed stiff drink to calm your nerves. Get a group of friends together and enjoy this adrenaline filled, spooktastic event. Tickets available from


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Reasons to visit the home of horseracing NEWMARKET IS A FANTASTIC DESTINATION TO VISIT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR and there is always something to see and do in a town that is revered as the Home of Horseracing. Here’s a list of some of the things to see and do between now and the end of the year. History & Heritage Walking Tour This is the perfect way to retrace the steps of royalty and the connection that the town has to the monarchy. It is no secret that Her Majesty the Queen is a big fan of horseracing and her horses are entrusted to several trainers in Newmarket. But did you know that the royal connection between Newmarket and horseracing goes back to the time of King Charles II in the 17th century? The History and Heritage Walking Tour is a great way to learn more about the history of Newmarket while also taking in iconic locations like Tattersalls, the gardens of the Jockey Club Rooms, the Bill Tutte Memorial as well as examining the impressive collection of

British Sporting Art at Palace House. The next History & Heritage Walking Tour takes place on the 14 September. Palace House One of Newmarket’s finest attractions is tucked just off the High Street. A visit to Palace House is the chance to not only explore the fascinating history of horseracing but also examine an immense collection of art. The venue also hosts fantastic exhibitions throughout the year. The display of drawings by George Stubbs, one of Britain’s most renowned animal painters, is on display until the 28th September and the chance to view the works, on loan from the Yale Centre for British Art, is included in the general admission. The venue also offers visitors the experience of meeting retired racehorses

during daily demonstrations at the flagship yard of the Retraining of Racehorses. Palace House is open all year round and is also home to The Tack Room restaurant. The National Stud Discover Newmarket’s popular Tours of The National Stud will be running until October this year and it’s a great chance to see some of the Southern Hemisphere foals that have been born there in recent weeks. There’s also the opportunity to meet the retired legends Lord Windermere, a past Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, and Jack The Giant, another distinguished performer on the track who also had a successful career after racing as part of the Retraining of Racehorses. They even got to meet Bananarama earlier this year. Gift Vouchers If you are looking for the perfect Christmas present then a Discover Newmarket Gift Voucher is a brilliant idea. Ideal for giving the horseracing fan in your life the chance to experience the Home of Horseracing but also brilliant for anyone wanting to give someone the gift of a unique experience. For more information on Discover Newmarket and what to see and do in this fantastic town then visit, call 0344 748 9200 or email admin@

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Haverhill Arts Centre has a packed programme ahead for the autumn/winter season MONKEY NUTS COMEDY FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER, 8.00PM FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER, 8.00PM Three stand-up comedians to tickle your funny bones. COMEDY


FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER, 8.00PM Hal’s literally filled our screens on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo. His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He’s now on a diet. MUSIC


THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER, 7.30PM Enjoy two hours of musical memories in this feel-good show packed full of classic tunes and starring Kate Bell – one of the finest UK tributes to Cilla Black. Topping the bill is The Dreamers. MUSIC


FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER, 8.00PM A tribute to one of rock’s greatest bands, AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall

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FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER, 8.00PM As lead singer of The Bible, through his subsequent solo work and collaborations, Boo has been considered one of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters. MUSIC


SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah also draws critical praise for her voice (which has been likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport. MUSIC


SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM The show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies! Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment.

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TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER, 7.30PM Seagull Rep. A cast of three women reimagine the classic crime story and infuse it with elements of physical comedy, stand-up and a pop soundtrack – one for all the family to enjoy! STAGE


THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM An award-winning, funny, frank and fearless show about the pressures facing women as they age, subverting prevailing ideas about beauty, sex and feminism in 60 minutes of a hilarious, tightly written performance. STAGE

FORBIDDEN NIGHTS SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER, 8.00PM The male cabaret act comes to town.



TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER, 7.30PM Cheer the goodies and boo the baddies, a rip-roaring sports panto! FAMILY

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS FROM 20TH DECEMBER Get Christmas off to a bang with this traditional family panto at a family-friendly price.

THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER, 7.00PM Multi-award-winning director Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberant vision to Angela Carter’s last novel in this brand-new theatre production. BROADCASTS AND CINEMA


TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER, 7.30PM A fresh look at Leonardo’s life – his inventiveness, sculptural skills, military foresight and ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day – through the prism of his art. BROADCASTS AND CINEMA


THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER, 7.00PM Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy. For more information about these events or to book, go to or call 01440 714140.



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CELEBRATE YOUR LIBRARY SERVICE! Suffolk Libraries is holding a special celebration to highlight our library service and to encourage people to show their support YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY SERVICE offers much more than you might think and impacts Suffolk life in many ways.

Suffolk Libraries Day We have something to be proud of in Suffolk. Despite challenging financial circumstances, all 44 of our libraries remain open. These libraries, plus the mobile library service are now run by a charity - Suffolk Libraries. Suffolk Libraries needs the continued support of local people to carry on making the difference it does in people’s lives. That’s why Saturday 12 October 2019 will be the first ever Suffolk Libraries Day, raising awareness of the impact libraries make in the community and, crucially,

raising money to help support the service. There will be a range of activities and events at libraries and, during the week before, a sponsored Book Journey Challenge. This will involve a copy of ‘The Huntingfield Paintress’ by Pamela Holmes, which is set in Suffolk, making its way between all 44 libraries – a journey of 323 miles! Bury St Edmunds Library will be joining in and will be offering: •sponsored librarian experiences •a choose your own book display •a sponsor the alphabet activity Plus there will be many other ways to show support. To get involved, visit in person or online.


Invaluable supporters of the library have formed The Friends of Bury Library, who organise book sales and activities throughout the year to raise funds and add resources to the things the library already does. There are always opportunities for volunteers to get involved; a chance to meet new people and make a difference.


THE COFFEE HOUSE We were delighted to welcome The Coffee House to the library earlier in the year. They serve excellent coffee and food throughout the week, providing yet another reason to visit the library.

You can find full details about the opening hours and services at Bury St Edmunds Library and all our libraries at www.suffolklibraries.

ACTIVITIES AT THE LIBRARY There is so much going on at Bury St Edmunds Library. Of course there are lots of books on offer and free access to computers and the internet, but there is also a wide range of activities for all ages. FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS, WE OFFER: Monday Storytime Every Monday, 10.30-11am. Tot Rock - Every Tuesday, 10.1510.45am. Songs and action rhymes for toddlers, 18mths+. Baby Bounce - Every Wednesday, 10.15–10.45am. Songs and gentle nursery rhymes for children aged 0-18mths. Duplo Stay and Play - Every Thursday, 10-11am. FOR OLDER CHILDREN: LEGO Club - Saturdays fortnightly, 10am –12noon. Dungeons & Dragons Club Saturdays fortnightly, 12-4pm. FOR ADULTS: Adult Colouring - Thursdays fortnightly, 10.30am-12noon. An hour of calm activity, all welcome. Knit & Natter - Thursdays fortnightly, 2-4pm. A knitting and social group for all abilities. Open Book Group - Last Wednesday of the month, 2-3pm. An opportunity to meet new people and recommend books you have enjoyed, in a casual setting. Open Space - Every Monday, 2-4pm. A place to drop in, chat and think. Puzzle Group - Thursdays fortnightly, 10am. The place for doing and sharing jigsaw puzzles. Scrabble Club - Every Monday, 10am. Have fun, make friends and expand your vocabulary. Best of all, most of our groups and activities are completely free, although we appreciate your donations. TOP TIME Top Time is our weekly social group for the over 55s, meeting every Friday, where you can socialise over a cup of tea and take part in a wide range of activities. We’ll be holding a Top Time Showcase on Friday 13 September to show off: • the book group • arts and crafts • games, and more. Come along and give it a try!

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Me and the Girls Jane Eyre


Michael Parkinson

I, Clara

Prejudice continues the celebrations of the theatre’s 200th Anniversary year into the autumn season. The play will run from Friday 24 Aug to Saturday 7 Sept. The man who has interviewed the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson, will take place on Sunday 1 Sept. Darren Day leads the cast in Noël Coward’s Me & The Girls, a musical comedy about the last days of vaudeville (Tue 10 – Sat 14 Sept). The Lady Vanishes is a quick-witted and devilishly fun thriller based on the 1939 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Mon 16 – Sat 21 Sept). Tabby McTat is a heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty with original songs and a sprinkling of magic (Wed 25 – Thu 26 Sept). Matt Chorley: This Is Not Normal, is a political satire to reassure us that it doesn’t have to be this way (Sat 28 Sept). Olivier Award-winning contemporary play, Skylight is a story of passionate ideas and complex love (Tue 1 – Thu 3 Oct). BSEAODS are back with Evita, the story of the rise and fall of the beloved matriarch of the Argentinian people (Tue 8 – Sat 12 Oct). A Right Royal Revue celebrates Theatre Royal’s 200th Birthday, hosted by Roy Hudd, OBE with a celebrity guest list to be announced (Sun 13 Oct). The George Michael Story tells in detail the career of George and features his greatest hits live on stage (Wed 16 Oct). Celebrating the life of Clara Schumann,

renowned pianist Lucy Parham returns along with actress Patricia Hodge for I, Clara (Thu 17 Oct). Transforming audience suggestions into funny scenes and songs – The Noise Next Door: Remix (Fri 18 Oct). The finals of Bury’s Got Talent 2019 will take place at Theatre Royal (Sun 20 Oct). A comedy about trying to find a moment of calm in these challenging times, John Godber’s Gym & Tonic (Mon 21 – Tue 22 Oct). Young children will love discovering the animals the zoo has sent, when Dear Zoo returns to Theatre Royal (Wed 23 – Thu 24 Oct). The Tiger Who Came to Tea is also back, a musical play adapted from the classic book by Judith Kerr (Fri 25 – Sun 27 Oct). The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge again present a sublime concert at St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds (Sat 26 Oct). William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, staged as a corporate thriller in a highly-physical re-imagining set in 1980s Britain (Mon 28 – Tue 29 Oct). A brand-new hilarious ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel improvised from scratch in Austentatious (Thu 31 Oct – Fri 1 Nov). A musical journey celebrating 50 years of a legend – Sweet Caroline: The Ultimate Tribute to Neil Diamond (Sat 2 Nov). Irving Stage Company present a production of classic musical My Fair Lady (Tue 5 – Sat 9 Nov). The king of pop returns with MJ HIStory, the greatest hits performed live (Sun 10 Nov).


The Tiger Who Came To Tea

AT THE THEATRE ROYAL PRIDE & PREJUDICE Fri 24 Aug – Sat 7 Sept (Touch Tour, Audio Described and Captioned Sat 7 Sep, 3pm) AN EVENING WITH SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON Sun 1 Sept, 7.30pm

Murder Margaret and Me

ME AND THE GIRLS Tue 10 – Sat 14 Sept

Kit & McConnel

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: BRAZILIERO Thu 12 Sept, 1.10pm THE LADY VANISHES Mon 16 – Sat 21 Sept (Touch Tour, Audio Described and Captioned Sat 21 Sept, 3pm) THEATRE ROYAL WRITERS 2019 Mon 23 Sept, 7.30pm MJ History

Derek Jacobi

Gym and Tonic

TABBY MCTAT Wed 25 – Thu 26 Sept MATT CHORLEY: THIS IS NOT NORMAL Sat 28 Sept, 7.30pm SKYLIGHT Tue 1 – Thu 3 Oct RADIO GA GA Fri 4 Oct, 7.30pm ABBA REUNION Sat 5 Oct, 7.30pm EVITA Tue 8 – Sat 12 Oct LUNCHTIME CONCERT: THE EDMUND OCTET AND FRIENDS Thu 10 Oct, 1.10pm A RIGHT ROYAL REVUE Sun 13 Oct, 7.30pm

The Wizard of Oz

The story of two of our greatest and most celebrated national treasures, Agatha Christie and Margaret Rutherford in Murder, Margaret and Me (Mon 11 – Wed 13 Nov). Blackeyed Theatre are back with a new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre (Thu 14 – Sat 16 Nov). An Evening with Sir Derek Jacobi, CBE & Libby Purves, OBE – an enlightening evening with two well-known stars (Sun 17 Nov). Ballet Theatre UK are back with a new production of The Wizard of Oz (Mon 18 – Wed 20 Nov). Theatre Royal’s ever-popular pantomime returns, this year it’s Peter Pan (Fri 29 Nov – Sun 19 Jan 2020). The Selwyn College Chapel Choir present another concert in St Mary’s Church, Carols From Cambridge (Wed 11 Dec). The wine quiz with a difference, Call My Festive Bluff is at The Hunter Club (Thu 12 Dec). To book, visit, call 01284 769505 or pop in to the Theatre Royal Box Office in person.

The Noise Next Door: Remix

THE GEORGE MICHAEL STORY Wed 16 Oct, 7.30pm I, CLARA Thu 17 Oct, 7.30pm THE NOISE NEXT DOOR: REMIX Fri 18 Oct, 8pm BURY’S GOT TALENT 2019 Sun 20 Oct, 7pm

GYM & TONIC Mon 21 – Tue 22 Oct DEAR ZOO Wed 23 – Thu 24 Oct THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA Fri 25 – Sun 27 Oct CLARE COLLEGE CHOIR Sat 26 Oct, 7.30pm (At St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds) MACBETH Mon 28 – Tue 29 Oct AUSTENTATIOUS Thu 31 Oct – Fri 1 Nov SWEET CAROLINE Sat 2 Nov MY FAIR LADY Tue 5 – Sat 9 Nov LUNCHTIME CONCERT: THE CHRIS INGHAM TRIO Thu 7 Nov, 1.10pm MJ HISTORY Sun 10 Nov, 7.30pm MURDER, MARGARET AND ME Mon 11 – Wed 13 Nov JANE EYRE Thu 14 – Sat 16 Nov AN EVENING WITH SIR DEREK JACOBI, CBE AND LIBBY PURVES, OBE Sun 17 Nov, 7.30pm THE WIZARD OF OZ Mon 18 – Wed 20 Nov PETER PAN Fri 29 Nov – Sun 19 Jan 2020 (BSL Interpreted Performance Wed 11 Dec, 7pm; Relaxed Performances Thu 9 Jan, 7pm and Fri 10 Jan, 10.30am) CAROLS FROM CAMBRIDGE Wed 11 Dec, 1.10pm (At St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds) CALL MY FESTIVE BLUFF: THE WINE QUIZ Thu 12 Dec, 7.30pm (At The Hunter Club)



afternoon tea for two £23.95 Freshly made finger sandwiches, cheese and fruit scones with jam and clotted cream, and delicious mini cakes and desserts. Accompanied by loose leaf tea, fresh filter coffee or Norfolk Cordials.

Special Occasion? Add a bottle of Prosecco Mini bottle of Prosecco (1 and a ½ glasses) £4.95 Bottle of Prosecco £18.95 We now offer a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, please ask your server for more details.


Friday 25th October Please ask for booking details is essential

For bookings or enquiries please call 01842 898 068

To book please call us on 01842 890876



Discover Pilgrims’ Kitchen at the Cathedral. The ideal place for lunches, coffee and cake or afternoon tea.

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 8.30 am to 5.30 pm St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS

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St Edmundsbury Cathedral is open every day throughout the autumn. Come and visit, browse the shop and restaurant, Pilgrims’ Kitchen, or come along to a service, evensong or one of the many events. Have a look at a selection below! SUFFOLK’S HARVEST Sunday 13 October Give thanks for what’s been grown, celebrate the fruits of Suffolk’s Harvest Help and raise awareness for food poverty. This exciting new event will feature fun for all the family, followed by a relaxed and informal service for all in the Cathedral. Everyone is welcome! Suffolk’s Harvest will include a food and drink fayre, music, poetry readings, a hog roast, craft beer tent and much, much more.

PRE LOVED KILO VINTAGE FASHION SALE Saturday 7 September Find your new wardrobe with Pre Loved Kilo! Selling vintage clothes and retro ware by the kilo. PHOTO WALK WITH LUCY KAYNE Saturdays 19 October and 16 November Explore your photography skills in a day with local photographer Lucy Kayne.

MESSIAH Saturday 7 December Our annual performance of Handel’s Messiah is the perfect way to get you in the mood for Christmas. Regular events at St Edmundsbury Cathedral include the Lunchtime Recital series, Organ Festival, and seasonal tours of the Cathedral and Tower. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for all the Christmas Services and events too. For more information about services, events and visiting the Cathedral, please visit the website at, or find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LS, 01284 748720.


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NICOLE HENRY SINGS ARETHA FRANKLIN Aretha Franklin was one of the best-selling musical artists of all time - the most charted female artist in history, she sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

Welcome to the UK! Is this your first time performing here? Thank you, delighted to be here. My first public performances here were in the autumn of 2017 – we had four sold-out concerts. We opened the Cambridge Jazz Festival – I can never forget experiencing the beauty of Kings College Chapel – and then two nights launching the London Jazz Festival. You are a very successful award winner in the USA and have recorded many top selling albums. Where did your musical life start? Ha… well, thank you for reminding me about the awards and such! Like many vocalists, my musical life started in school and church choirs. But I hadn’t thought of a

career in music until a DJ invited me to record house music during my college years. It was actually at that first performance at a rave when I discovered I wanted to sing professionally and just get better at my craft. I’ve been a full-time musician since 2001; my first full-length, international release was in 2004 and I have a total of seven albums. Aretha Franklin was listed by Billboard magazine as the greatest singer of all time and named the Queen of Soul. What can your audiences expect at your concerts? No pressure, right? They can expect a musical celebration of ReRe through some of the best soul songs ever recorded. And, you can’t honour Aretha without giving her RESPECT. So, you can count on that and we will definitely hit at least one of her gospel tunes. We plan on spanning her repertoire, which included gospel, blues, jazz, soul and pop.


WE CHATTED TO Nicole Henry, a sensational New York based soul and jazz singer, who will perform the music of Aretha Franklin at The Apex on 9 October.

You can enjoy lots more pop music at The Apex this autumn… Seen recently on The Apex stage as a special guest on the Woman to Woman show Kiki Dee returns on 28 September for ‘An Acoustic Journey’ with Carmelo Luggeri, which features unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and Kiki’s own hits ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, ‘I Got The Music In Me’ and ‘Amoureuse’.



The James Taylor Quartet will jam out their funky Hammond-led tunes on 27 September; Justin Hayward, the voice of The Moody Blues, plays on 16 September; Joe Brown on 18 September and Gilbert O’Sullivan on 15 October. There’s a tribute to Whitney Houston, Whitney – Queen of the Night on 12 September. Go Now’s tribute to The Moody Blues on 29 September features Gordy Marshall, who drummed with The Moody Blues for over 25 years. While You Win Again, on 2 October, ensures the music of the Bee Gees is well and truly stayin’ alive! Book online today or call the box office on 01284 758000 31

an evening with...

ALAN JOHNSON JUST HOW DOES AN ORPHAN, growing up in a poverty-stricken west London slum, become one of the most important and influential politicians of his generation? Alan Johnson, the former postmanturned-home secretary (and selfproclaimed ‘failed rock star’), has become a best-selling author, and will lift the lid on his remarkable journey on 16 December. Inspired by his latest book ‘In My Life’, this highly entertaining show tells Alan’s personal story, with the help of some of the music that has sound-tracked his life. “First and foremost, it’s about me; memories of my childhood, life growing up 32

in the 1950s, the people and places which have played a significant role in making me who I am today . . . with plenty of comedy, and music,” he explains. “Music has played such an important part in my life. In my teenage years, I certainly wasn’t harbouring any ambitions to be a politician – oh no, I just wanted to be a rock star.” As a songwriter and a guitarist, Alan was part of two swinging sixties bands, The Vampires and The Area, playing gigs around London. He even recorded a single, ‘Hard Life’, which was hawked around several record labels. Alan’s memoirs have received numerous

awards and sold more than half a million copies, since his debut book in 2013. He says: “I’ve not written these books to try to score any sort of political advantage; that’s not my style. With my mum dying when I was very young, the opportunity to make her live again on the page was a real incentive.” SO WHAT EXACTLY CAN PEOPLE EXPECT FROM THE SHOW? “Nostalgia, some light-hearted comedy, and lots of talk about music, that’s for sure. There will be excerpts from many of the songs which have a particular resonance to the stories I tell, as I reflect on some of the key moments of my life.” These include his early years, the death of Alan’s mother when he was just 13 years old; all those teenage musical dreams; stacking shelves at Tesco; his Post Office work which led to him becoming the youngest ever general secretary of the Union of Communication Workers; being elected to parliament; and holding three of the most important cabinet posts – Education Secretary, Health Secretary and Home Secretary. He says: “If people want to talk to me on the tour about my time in Government, of course I’ll be happy to share some of the stories. But I’m not really interested in any heavyweight blow-for-blow accounts of the rights and wrongs of things.” “Politics is not like it was in the old days. When a general election came round, if you wanted to connect with people, you had to stand in front of them in rallies at community halls. But that age of public meetings has gone.” However, he is enjoying the new lease of life as a raconteur, and getting the chance to re-visit many parts of the country with which he became familiar during his postal union travels. “I get a great thrill out of writing, and really do enjoy taking my story out onto the stage and talking to people about it. So this is a very different way of getting to meet and interact with people around different parts of the country.”

MICHAEL MORPURGO ONE OF THE UK’S BEST-LOVED AUTHORS SHARES HIS GIFT FOR STORYTELLING… Best-selling author, Michael Morpurgo will reveal the secrets behind 50 years of writing in an interview with comedian Katy Brand at The Apex on 26 September. He chatted to us before his tour.

boy runs away from school because he is unhappy. I did that. And I was picked up by a nice old lady who looked after me and I’ve never forgotten that. ‘My Father is a Polar Bear’ is the story of the father that I had, but never had, in the sense that he left the house when I was one and half, so I never knew him.

Your 75th Anniversary tour sees you telling your own story, are you comfortable talking about yourself? I’m very comfortable talking about my own life and I’ve used that hugely in my stories. At the beginning of the Butterfly Lion, the

You’ve spoken about writing in terms of magic… It’s the story that is magic rather than the writing. A good magician can convince the audience that what is happening is real. The way I do it is to believe it myself as I’m telling it, writing it. And you’ve described yourself as more storyteller than writer... what’s the difference? I suppose I always think of the best writing as great literature - Dickens, Shakespeare, Seamus Heaney, etc. Some of them are also wonderful storytellers. I tell stories much more directly than great writers usually do. I tell the story out loud. I think I do this because the first stories I ever told were to the primary school class that I taught. I try not to think of myself as a writer but as a teller of tales; with the sound of the words being hugely important.

War Horse is now a huge theatre and film success, but how well was the book received, when it came out back in 1982? It sold reasonably well, but nothing spectacular - a few thousand copies a year. Everything that has happened to War Horse since has been unbelievable, a huge piece of luck. How did you feel when National Theatre wanted to turn War Horse into a play? I was sceptical at first. I wondered how convincing a First World War drama could be using life-size puppets of horses. But this was the National Theatre after all. They came to Devon to see the landscape and watch working horses; they spent time with the Royal Horse Artillery and learnt about cavalry horses and soldiers. Press night was a triumph, with five star reviews, and it has been running for nearly 10 years now. I have seen the play countless times and it always amazes me what the National Theatre have created from my book ground-breaking theatre and a wonderful anthem for peace.

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TUE 10 SEPT 7.30pm / £17*


MON 16 DEC 7.30pm / £19* CHANGE OF DATE



WED 2 OCT 7.30pm / £26.50* ______________________________________



Winners of ‘Best Group’ at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. ______________________________________


QUEEN OF THE NIGHT THU 12 SEPT 7.30pm / £26.50* ______________________________________

PIRATES OF PENZANCE FRI 13 SEPT 7.30pm / £31* £26*

The politician tells his personal story with music that has soundtracked his life. ______________________________________


WED 25 SEPT 7.30pm / £24* (£5 U25s) The Lindy Hop Dance Company & The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra. ______________________________________


THU 26 SEPT 7.30pm / £33*, £27* (£17* U18s) Comedian Katy Brand interviews the renowned War Horse author. ______________________________________

THE JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company & National Festival Orchestra double bill. ______________________________________


SAT 14 SEPT 2.30pm & 7.30pm / £31* £26* National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company & National Festival Orchestra double bill. ______________________________________


SUN 15 SEPT 7.30pm / £17* Folk singer brings traditional songs for a modern age. ______________________________________

FRI 27 SEPT 8pm / £20* Funky Hammond, acid jazz & kitschy-cool melodies. ______________________________________

THU 10 OCT 8pm / £16* ______________________________________


SAT 12 OCT 7.30pm / £30* With Alistair McGowan, Reverend Richard Coles, Garry Richardson & Charlotte Greene. ______________________________________

SAT 5 OCT doors 7pm / £13* Back after last year’s sell-out show with a brand new album. ______________________________________ SUN 6 OCT 7.30pm / £21* Choreographed by Strictly’s Richard Marcel. ______________________________________


MON 7 OCT 7.30pm / £18.50*



SUN 13 OCT, 10 NOV & 8 DEC 8pm / £13* For line-up, see ______________________________________


TUE 15 OCT 7.30pm / £29.50* ______________________________________

SAT 28 SEPT 7.30pm / £21* An Acoustic Journey. ______________________________________



WED 16 OCT 7.30pm / £18.50* ______________________________________

SUN 29 SEPT 7.30pm / £26* ______________________________________



MON 30 SEPT 7.30pm / £21*

‘Acerbic perspective and unapologetic delivery’ – The List. ______________________________________

THU 17 OCT 7.30pm / £18.50* (£5* U25s)


GREATEST SHOWGIRLS TOUR TUE 8 OCT 7.30pm / £25* ______________________________________

MON 16 SEPT 7.30pm / £43.50* ______________________________________



WED 18 SEPT 7.30pm / £36* ______________________________________


WED 9 OCT 7.30pm / £24* Tribute by Nicole Henry. ______________________________________


THU 19 SEPT 7.30pm / £27* ______________________________________ FRI 20 & SAT 21 SEPT 7.30pm / £26.50*






Showcasing the classical guitar through the works & musicians that defined it. ______________________________________

‘The best ventriloquist Britain has discovered for many years...’ – The Stage.


THU 10 OCT 1.30pm / £21.50* The wartime-themed singers from Britain’s Got Talent 2018.

Jazz violinist Christian Garrick brings traditional folk & gypsy flavoured music from Eastern Europe.



TUE 29 OCT 7.30pm / £21* My Last Supper with the restaurant critic & MasterChef judge. ______________________________________


WED 30 OCT 7.30pm / £16* Folk players with a fiery sound, rooted in the traditional music of their Orkney home. ______________________________________


THE STORY OF THE BRITISH ISLES IN 100 PLACES THU 31 OCT 7.30pm / £25* (£16 U16s, £68* family) ______________________________________


FRI 8 NOV 7pm / £13* ______________________________________

THE ALBUMS SHOW MON 21 OCT 7.30pm / £28.50* Elio Pace with David Brown – Billy Joel’s guitarist (1978-91). ______________________________________


SUN 10 NOV 1.30pm / £22.50* Tribute matinee show. ______________________________________


MON 11 NOV 7.30pm / £21*

WED 23 OCT 7.30pm / £23*, £18* (£6 U25s) Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven & Schubert. ______________________________________


THU 24 OCT 8pm / £18* standing (£20* seated) High octane folk-dance crossover. ______________________________________

MON 18 NOV 7.30pm / £32*, £27* (£6 U25s) Viktoria Mullova joins AAM for music by Haydn, JS & CPE Bach. ______________________________________ Effervescent string trio blend Western swing with European hot jazz. ______________________________________



SUN 3 NOV 7.30pm / £28.50* (£6* U25s) Nat King Cole 100. Sponsored by Alan Boswell Insurance Management Ltd. ______________________________________

NICHOLAS McCARTHY MON 4 NOV 7.30pm / £21*, £17* (£6 U25s)

Breath-taking display of skill, stamina, high energy & powerful rhythms. ______________________________________


SAT 2 NOV 7.30pm / £26*


SUN 17 NOV 7.30pm / £23*



TUE 22 OCT 7.30pm / £35.50* Greatest Hits Tour. ______________________________________


SAT 9 NOV 7.30pm / £26* ______________________________________

FRI 1 NOV 7pm 5 bands for just £5. Line up tbc. ______________________________________




TUE 12 NOV 7.30pm / £19* (£5 U25s) Joyful, uplifting collaboration between ANTONIO FORCIONE, SECKOU KEITA & ADRIANO ADEWALE. ______________________________________


THU 14 NOV 1.30pm / £21.50* The Dusty Springfield story by Joanne Dalladay. ______________________________________



TUE 26 NOV 7.30pm / £25.50* Rumour songs & solo work. ______________________________________


WED 27 NOV 7.30pm / £22* Dazzling musicianship & arresting on-stage chemistry. ______________________________________


THU 28 NOV 8pm / £26* standing (£28* seated) Solo songs followed by iconic Stranglers’ hits. ______________________________________


FRI 15 NOV 8pm / £26*


FRI 25 OCT 8pm / £19.50*

Dynamic left hand repertoire, from Scriabin, Strauss, Bach & Rachmaninov. ______________________________________

SHAUN RYDER The undisputed masters of Rockgrass.

WED 6 NOV 8pm / £23.50* The Happy Mondays frontman tries to recall his life story.

40th Anniversary Tour with guest & DJ Rhoda Dakar. ______________________________________


BRAHMS & THE ARMED MAN SAT 16 NOV 7.30pm / £16*-£26*

Khachaturian, Marquez & Tchaikovsky. * Concessions may be available, categories change according to event, see website or ring for details. Ticket price already includes booking fee where applicable.

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ONE MILLENNIUM. ONE BUILDING. ONE THOUSAND STORIES... Bringing 900 years of history to life, every room in the Guildhall tells a different story. If you haven’t visited the Guildhall recently, the building has a range of rooms, each reflecting a different era and use the building has served over the centuries. The Guildhall hosts a number of events, is available to visit and hire. An illustrated talk to accompany Helen’s participation in the ECHO ARTS exhibition. After the talk itself Helen will be happy to accompany attendees on a ‘personal’ exploration of her displayed work and its relevance to this fascinating building.

GIOTTO CONCERT AND AFTERNOON TEA 6 October, 4pm The Giotto Quartet was founded in late 2017 by four professionally trained string players living in Bury St Edmunds. Recital venues so far have included the Unitarian

AUTUMN/WINTER EVENTS ECHO ARTS EXHIBITION 2– 11 September ECHO ARTS is a collective of diverse artists whose individual and contrasting techniques serve to both stimulate and inspire each other’s work. Their unique combination of innovative and traditional media makes their exhibitions a delight for visitors of all ages and tastes. ECHO ARTS will be exploring the history of this fascinating building through their artwork to capture the essence of the Guildhall's history, in particular its relationship to Bury St Edmunds Abbey and the complex interaction of both with the women of previous centuries. The exhibition will feature: ● Helen M. Stevens, Society of Women Artists ● Evelyn Polk ● Catherine Smith ● Vlasta Shevchenko ● Julia Groves There will also be talks and workshops related to this exhibition, please visit the website for further details. THE CONQUERING STITCH 8 September, 2pm The Conquering Stitch (as part of ECHO ARTS Exhibition) -Before and After Bayeux.

and 4pm. Come and visit and learn more about its civic role in the History of Bury St Edmunds and the contribution the Royal Observer Corps and its volunteers made to the Second World War. There will be children’s activities and refreshments available from Pear Tree Café.

HEXACHORDIA CONCERT 13 September, 7:30pm The early music trio, Hexachordia, presents ‘Puddings and Pies’, a rich menu of music and song washed down with poetry and verse. Playing on lutes, viols, recorders, crumhorn and much more, the trio celebrates the nation’s obsession with food and drink over the centuries, ranging from medieval church ales brewed for fundraising to the lavish feasts and banquets of the Tudor royal court.

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 13 September – 22 September This wonderful building will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays throughout Heritage Open Days between 11am

Meeting House, Bury St Edmunds and St Peter ad Vincula Church, Coggeshall. Forthcoming bookings include a St Edmundsbury Cathedral concert planned for September and the premiere of a new quartet written for the quartet by Nigel Tuffs, coinciding with its publication. HOMECOMING HEARTS EXHIBITION 6, 9, 10 and 13 November, 10.30am – 6pm An opportunity to see the many embroidered "Hearts" (loosely based on a template by Helen M. Stevens) created in support of SAAFA (The Armed Forces Charity) and sent from all around the world to commemorate the end of WWI, including several

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contributions by Helen herself. During 1919, many servicemen and women were only just arriving back with their loved ones. This intimate exhibition remembers their contribution to the war effort and the ultimate sacrifice given by so many others. Not to be missed by any embroidery lover or history buff. Admission is free.

EBENEZER SCROOGE – A CHRISTMAS CAROL 14 December, 3pm and 6pm The Keeper’s Daughter’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ is an innovative, playful, yet faithful adaptation of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Two dynamic performers give this magical, imaginative and vibrant retelling a spirited twist. THANK YOU SUNDAY 1 December Come along to the Guildhall to help dress it for Christmas and enjoy a free cup of tea as a thank you for your support. 37

Heritage Open Days returns this year to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. From 13-22 September, historic sites and hidden locations will throw open their doors for visitors to explore – for free!

IN 2018 OVER 3 MILLION visitors enjoyed 5517 Heritage Open Day events. 91% of visitors felt that the open day events helped them to have an increased appreciation of their local area, and £20million was added to local economies! Here are some local highlights that you can explore during the event this year… NATIONAL TRUST ICKWORTH Explore the formal gardens, pleasure grounds and impressive Rotunda commissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol. Opening times: Fri 13 and Sat 14 September, 10am-5pm. 38

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During this 10 day cultural festival you will be able to visit places not normally open to the public, as well as favourite heritage sites, to learn more about your local area. This year, a special programme of ‘People Power’ themed events will focus upon highlighting historic and contemporary communities, groups and individuals. These events will put a spotlight on those that have saved buildings, created green spaces, produced campaigns and made their voices heard.


PERENNIAL – FULLERS MILL GARDEN, WEST STOW Fullers Mill Garden will be open on Sat 14 and Sun 15 September from 10am-5pm. Visitors can explore the enchanting and tranquil retreat that was created by the late Bernard Tickner MBE.

FORMER ATOMIC WEAPONS BUNKER TOURS, THETFORD Tour the site where atom bombs Blue Danube and Red Beard were maintained during the Cold War. The tours can last up to three hours and end with a voluntary climb up a 25 foot watchtower! Fri 13 to Sun 22 September (excluding Sunday 15) at 10:30am. REDE HALL FARM PARK, CHEDBURGH Come along to see Suffolk Punch and Shire horse, as well as horse drawn vehicles. Discuss the history of the heavy horse breeds and its influence on agriculture and the countryside.

LOST BURY ST EDMUNDS Bury St Edmunds tour guide and author, Martyn Taylor, will take participants on an illustrated talk from the beginnings of the twentieth century to present day. Sat 21 September 10:30am. GUIDED TOUR OF THE BURY ST EDMUNDS FARMERS CLUB Join a twenty minute tour of the Bury St Edmunds Farmers Club to discover the building’s rich history. From a merchant’s house, to the town residence of the Gages of Hengrave Hall, judges’ lodgings and now a Farmers Club. Fri 13, Tues 17, Wed 18, Thur 19 and Fri 20 September from 10am to 8pm and Sat 14 and Sat 21 September from 10am to 3pm.

MILDENHALL & DISTRICT MUSEUM AND GUIDED WALK Visit the museum and go on a guided walk through the medieval market place to the church and back. Mildenhall Museum has something for everyone from its pre-history room with flints and fossils to its 1950’s community room. Sunday 15th September, from 2pm. THE RISE & FALL OF ROUGHAM HALL An introductory historical talk by George Agnew in the Meadow Room at Blackthorpe Barn followed by a two hour walk to the ruins of Rougham Hall and back, seeing parts of the old parkland and gardens on Sunday 15 September.


CLARE TOWN TRAIL GUIDED WALK An hour and a half guided walk around the refurbished and extended Town Trail, taking in the key heritage in the Country Park, Market Hill, the Parish Church, Common, Nethergate Street and Clare Priory. Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September.

CLARE COUNTRY PARK WALK A one and a half hour guided walk around the Park, taking in the key built and natural heritage, and the recent improvements to the Park made possible by a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September.

SUFFOLK REGIMENT MUSEUM GUIDED TOUR OF THE ATHENAEUM A guided walk around a stunning building which has hosted social events in Bury St Edmunds for over 300 years. On Sunday 15 September take the 45 minute tour at 11am, 1pm or 3pm.

DISSENT, RIOT AND REBELLION (A GUIDED WALK), BURY ST EDMUNDS Discover all about Bury St Edmunds’ riotous history on this walk from the war memorial on Angel Hill. Learn how the Abbey ruled every aspect of the town life and onwards through the turbulent events for the next seven centuries, much of it featuring wellknown buildings that still stand today. Sat 14 and Sun 22 September at 10:30am.

THE JOCKEY CLUB ROOMS TOUR Guests will be able to enjoy a guided viewing of the collection of sporting art and memorabilia. Learn about the illustrious history of The Jockey Club and the sport of horseracing on Saturday 14 September at 10am or 11:30am. FIRE STATION TOUR Join the firefighters for a tour of the fire station and viewing of fire appliances and equipment on Sunday 15 September or Wednesday 18 September. The trained fire crews will give visitors a tour of the fire station seeing the fire engines that are used.

LOST BURY ST EDMUNDS Bury St Edmunds author and tour guide, Martyn Taylor, will take you down memory lane on Saturday 21 September for an hour long illustrated talk on the schools, shops, pubs and businesses that are no longer with us but firmly in the memory of many. HISTORICAL GUIDED TOUR OF CULFORD HALL & PARK Visit the beautiful Culford Hall on Saturday 14 September. Explore the former home of the Bacon, Cornwallis and Cadogan families, with its grand reception rooms, formal gardens and Humphry Repton designed landscape, including the unique single span bridge. ANCIENT LIBRARY TOUR Come and learn more about the Ancient Library and the manuscripts in the Cathedral’s collection. View and learn a little more about the books in the Cathedral’s Ancient Library with the Library Guides on Saturday 14 September, Friday 20 September or Saturday 21 September.

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Time for a ghostly tour of Bury St Edmunds The Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides turn spooky at this time of year! WITH DARKER EVENINGS approaching fast, it will soon be time for those with a love of the supernatural to experience one of the ever-popular ‘Ghostly and Macabre’ tours of Bury St Edmunds. But with a haunted churchyard and tales of ghostly apparitions, witchcraft, murders and unexplained happenings, it is not for the fainthearted. The town has had its fair share of dastardly deeds committed, with the perpetrators often coming to a sticky end. The tours are once a fortnight, on Friday evenings from October to March, starting at 6.30pm. For those who prefer to see the town in daylight there are daily tours at 11 am and 2 pm until the end of September, and then at 2 pm until the end of October. Explore the ruins of the abbey, for centuries one of Europe’s most important religious sites. Home to the shrine of England’s patron saint, who gave his name to the town, it was a magnet for thousands of pilgrims. Kings and queens were frequent visitors, but there is also a darker side to the town’s history, with riots, rebellions and murders. The daily tour covers more than 1,000 years of history¸ from King Edmund’s martyrdom to the growth in the power and wealth of the abbey, and its eventual destruction. The town’s architecture includes fine examples of Norman buildings, wonderfully preserved timberframed houses, Georgian homes and Victorian splendour. The 90-minute walk in the company of one of Bury St Edmunds’ qualified guides is a chance to learn about the important part that Bury St Edmunds played in Magna Carta, and to discover why a queen is buried here, as well as hearing about its more recent history. Find out more information and book at 41

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The seasonal sparkle of the BURY ST EDMUNDS CHRISTMAS FAYRE is almost here. Start your celebrations in style at the fabulous, friendly, festive fayre which runs from 21 to 24 November. START YOUR CELEBRATIONS in style at the fabulous, friendly, festive fayre which runs from 21 to 24 November. Organised by West Suffolk Council, the Christmas Fayre is designed not only to provide a boost to the local economy by attracting visitors from far and wide, but it is also a fun, festive event that many local residents and businesses can get involved in and people of all ages can enjoy. This year’s fayre begins from midday on the Thursday. New for this year will be a Thursday market from 12-6pm on The Buttermarket featuring local producers, crafts and regular market stalls. Local families will enjoy watching their loved ones take part in the opening night parade while many school children will take to the stage over the weekend to perform as part of our series of musical entertainment. Community choirs, groups and bands will also perform during the four day fayre. Opening night also includes late night shopping, an East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Carol Concert in St Edmundsbury Cathedral at 6pm and a fabulous fire work display in the Abbey Gardens at around 7.45pm. The Christmas Fayre resumes from 9am to 8pm on the Friday and Saturday, and from 10am to 5pm on the Sunday. There will be more than 300 stalls selling gift ideas, arts and crafts as well as tasty food and some winter warming drinks. There will also be children’s entertainment, games and funfair rides. Foodies will love the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Courtyard where we will have the Infusion Cookery Theatre giving live cookery demonstrations and some delicious samples to enjoy. Nearby The Athenaeum will be selling handmade gifts, fine art, jewellery and cards. In The Apex there

will be a mix of football stadium, film and sport memorabilia, alongside original Suffolk paintings and traditional hobby horses. The town’s traditional street market will be on from Friday to Sunday while there will also be a food and cookware market taking place on the Sunday. Many of the independent shops around the town will be joining in the fun. Look out for details in the local press and on the Christmas Fayre website nearer the time. A Park and Ride service will be in operation from the Friday through to the Sunday evening. Park and Walk also offers a simpler route to the fayre – the Council’s car park in Olding Road is only 15 minutes from the fayre and will be available on the Saturday and Sunday. Greene King and West Suffolk College’s car parks will also be available during the weekend of the fayre. Family saver tickets are available for those coming in by train. Bus services will also be in operation throughout the fayre. For those driving, tune in to Radio West Suffolk fm 103.3. The station will be providing regular updates on where to park, while Twitter followers of @ West_Suffolk can keep up to date with live updates on #buryparking





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There’s still time to seek out Christopher Biggins, Rick Wakeman or any of the 25 stars that are dotted around town centre pavements on the Theatre Royal’s Star Trail.

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OUR BURY ST EDMUNDS, which manages the town centre, gives you plenty of reasons to visit – and not just for the quirky independent shops and award winning restaurants, which of course are here all year round. There’s still time to seek out Christopher Biggins, Rick Wakeman or any of the 25 stars that are dotted around town centre pavements on the Theatre Royal’s Star Trail. Entry forms can be picked up at tourist information points and once completed, should be returned to Our Bury St Edmunds before the end of October for a chance to win a prize. October sees the return of the Our Bury St Edmunds Festival of Sport. Have a go at a sport you may have always wanted to try and enjoy lots of different one off events in the town centre. As we went to press the schedule was still being finalised but keep an eye on the Our Bury St Edmunds website and social media for all the activities. Of course if you’re more of an armchair sports fan then you might want to watch your favourite team on the big screen in one of our town centre pubs or bars while enjoying a relaxing pint. Find out what’s on offer at different venues by downloading a map of the Our Bury St Edmunds Ale Trail. You may even find a pint of Greene King’s special Trail of the Ale which commemorates the Trail’s first anniversary. And what better time to follow the Ale Trail than Cask Ale Week at the end of September? Finally, although it may seem early to be talking about Christmas, the big Our Bury St Edmunds Christmas Lights Switch On takes place this year on Thursday November 14. With our festive charity market, a full afternoon and evening of free stage entertainment and of course the Switch On itself by Father Christmas at 7pm, it offers fun for all the family and a chance to get the Christmas shopping underway. Don’t miss it!

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Haverhill Leisure Centre has plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. The X-height indoor climbing wall is suitable for ages four plus and will be fun for all the family. The team there will show you the ropes. There is also an indoor soft play centre for ages 0-12.

Head to CurveMotion in Bury St Edmunds for some classic roller skating fun! Let the kids roar around and expend some energy. Grab some skates and join in or sit back and relax in the café.



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WATCH THE BIG SCREEN ABBEYGATE CINEMA, BURY ST EDMUNDS You can’t beat the cinema for a classic rainy day activity. From blockbusters to children’s films, indie productions and live screenings, there’s something for everyone at the Abbeygate Cinema in Bury St Edmunds.

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Palace House in Newmarket is the home of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. The museum and gallery celebrates the town’s horseracing history and has been built within the remains of Charles II sporting palace and racing stables.



ICE COOK SCHOOL, ROUGHAM On select days ICE Cook School has children’s cookery classes. These half day sessions can be teaching baking skills, how to make doughnuts, pasta, pizza or even scientific cooking! You can also book children’s parties if you have a group of 5 to 10 kids that would like to learn, laugh and eat!

Mildenhall Museum chronicles the history of the local area from flints and fossils to the 1950s. See the Lakenheath Warrior, his horse and artefacts from the grave, find out about the Mildenhall Treasure and the WWII air base.


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YOU’LL BE PLEASED to know that arc is full of treats in October, so stay tuned for full details of the Halloween themed event during October half term. Remember your fancy dress! With the festive season fast approaching, arc shopping centre is gearing up for the most wonderful time of the year. Celebrating a traditional cosy Christmas, the annual light switch on takes place on Thursday 14 November from 4pm. With free family entertainment, including a visit from Princess Anna and Princess Elsa, make sure you stop by to watch the sparkly lights mark the official start of Christmas at the shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds. Late night shopping starts on Thursday 14 November and takes place every Thursday through to the 19 December. Beat the queues and get that festive feeling whilst doing your shopping until 8pm*. Stay tuned on the website and social media to find out more details about the late night shopping events and entertainment - there might be a mince pie or three! There will also be a giant Christmas present in Charter Square throughout December - the perfect family photo opportunity. And a competition to win a festive bundle for the best photo shared with arc; say cheese! And don’t forget the Dickensian Christmas Market on various dates in December. There will be sellers dressed in traditional Dickensian costumes selling perfect presents, hot roast chestnuts and of course, mulled wine. And why not consider arc for your Christmas Party this year? Byron Hamburgers, Carluccio’s and Wagamama all have deliciously tasty festive menus. The fun and friendly restaurants are perfect for the office Christmas Party, or a get together with friends and family. Their set menu options means that you won’t break the bank, and will still have plenty of money to go Christmas shopping for gifts under the tree. * Check opening hours with individual stores

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Visit The Apex Galley throughout the autumn and winter months for a number of exhibitions held within the striking architecture of Bury St Edmunds’ beautiful venue

▲ BURY ST EDMUNDS AND BEYOND Photographic Exhibition Until 15 September The winning and commended photographs from the Bury St Edmunds and Beyond photographic competition 2019 will be displayed at The Apex Gallery until the 15 September. The entrants were asked to supply their best photograph of either an iconic building in the area, the Abbey of St Edmunds, an outdoor space, local village or night time shot. The competition, which took place earlier in the summer, received a huge number of entries from local photographers. The lucky overall adult winner of the competition took home a camera worth £350 while the overall child winner received a photographic experience with the Jessops Academy worth £125, both courtesy of the competition sponsor Jessops. Come along to see the creative talent that we have in our area – the photographs are sure to conjure up memories of local places. 50

The Apex Gallery opens from Mon to Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Occasionally, the art gallery is closed to the public. If you are travelling specially to see an exhibition, please call the Box Office on 01284 758000 before your visit. The Apex Gallery is situated on the first floor. Drinks bought from Aspretto

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▲ KINGS ELY SCHOOL Tuesday 17 September – Sunday 13 October The exhibition will show a broad range of GSCE and A Level Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art and Photography. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the talents of young, local, up and coming artists.

100 YEARS OF MILDENHALL’S MILL ST AND HIGH ST Tuesday 29 October – Sunday 17 November In response to a Market Place (Arts Council) initiative in 2017, offering matched funding to bring local art related projects to the seven Fenland Market Towns, the Mildenhall Art Forum successfully proposed a project to research 100 years of history in buildings in Mildenhall’s High Street and Mill Street and to present the outcomes in the form of ceramic art and a short history trail leaflet. The two lead artists, Carla Low at DKWs Ceramics and Tabitha Nolan at Tabstract, both have studios in the town. From the many to choose from, ten buildings were selected and those living or working in them became the main focus for the project. Local residents were invited to attend free workshops to learn these new skills. Over 100 people of all ages and abilities joined in the mosaic workshops which were held in several different locations during 2017 and 2018. Many people brought their artefacts, photographs and memories which were used in the research and are interpreted here in mosaic form. These permanent art pieces have been shown elsewhere, and following this event at The Apex, they will be returned to their artists.

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