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3 Welcome to the May issue This month you’ll see we’ve swivelled about and focussed our spotlight on a different slice of the cultural pie we have here in Suffolk – music! I’ve loved researching it, and I have to say it was really hard to decide who to mention as we have so many brilliant people here, I hope you take the time to listen to one or two of the artists that we feature, or maybe go along to one of the two great events happening at the Regent in Ipswich soon Star for A Night and Generation Sound both of which feature Suffolk’s new talent. Or maybe visit one or two of the many local pubs that play host to our musical talent?
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On a different note I’m sure some of you are wondering if I kept to my promise last month to start getting fit – well I have! I’ve been training on the Power Plate at Bentwaters Studio 2 or 3 times a week and I’ve been really pleasantly surprised at how quickly I’m improving. I can also see the difference a little in my clothes and was thrilled when I was measured a month after starting and found I’ve lost a whopping 18 inches already! I’ve also started training for the Race for Life with my sister and friends but have to admit I’ve been fairly rubbish at that so far and only been out 3 times! Please feel free to embarrass me into trying harder by sponsoring me at www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/gemmathompson10 A final note, we did receive a couple of complaints about a certain word published within a poem last in last month’s edition. I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise for any offence caused, I did think long and hard about whether to include the poem in an unedited version. I eventually decided that editing the word would have a negative effect on the poem as a whole. Please be assured that language of this nature is not used commonly in our publication, and this is not the start of a slippery slope.
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By: Gemma Thompson
Festival season is starting and soon the air will be filled with the sounds of summer. It’ll be fantastic to welcome so much talent to Suffolk, from the likes of Pink playing at Portman Road to The Beat, Gideon Conn and Audioporn at Hatchfest, The Zutons and Newton Faulkner at Jimmy’s Farm Festival and not forgetting Florence and the Machine, Belle and Sebastion, Corrine Bailey Rae and Vampire Weekend at Latitude. Playing host to these amazing talents is wonderful, but let’s not forget our home-grown talent! Here in Suffolk we have a vast amount of musicians from classical to punk, in the next few pages I’m throwing the spotlight on some of the best that have come to my attention this year, there are many others too so I urge you to turn off Britain’s Got Talent, flick through the What’s On pages and see Suffolk’s Got Talent too!
Nathan Williamson is the man behind the Southwold Concert Series The idea of the Southwold Concert Series is simple: music of the highest level ‘in your own back yard’. They aim to build on a close, grass-roots connection between the performers and audiences, knowing that this needs no compromise on quality but creates more direct communication between performer and listener. “We welcome feedback and suggestions from all our attendees, and indeed are often overwhelmed by the response and enthusiasm we receive!” says Nathan. The series is still in its infancy, but is growing fast. So far they have presented six concerts, given by some of the finest young artists in the UK: the last was by clarinettist Mark Simpson, winner of BBC Young Musician in 2006. Nathan continues, “The Series is evolving day by day – we are always looking for ways to make concert-going a fun and thrilling experience. We welcome everyone to join us in bringing music of the highest quality to Southwold and the area.” They round off this season with the premiere of scenes from Nathan’s own opera, A Fountain Sealed, on June 26th. Another first – full-scale opera in Southwold! The catalyst behind all these events is the tremendous support of the Series Patrons, Spring, their sponsors Adnams, and many other private individuals who have made kind donations in return for special privileges through their ‘Friends’ scheme. Find out more about them at www.southwoldconcertseries.co.uk
SUCCESSFUL Suffolk - born musician Cevanne Horrocks Hopayian received Arts Council Funding that helped her launch her debut album ‘BIG EARS’ this March. A grandchild of Armenian refugees and Lancashire coal workers, Cevanne spent her childhood years in Aldeburgh and studied at Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge. She says “The album brings together a myriad of musical beats that I have gleaned from across the globe, and reflects a point in my childhood when I went partially deaf for a while and could hear vibrations and sonorities that I otherwise would have ignored.” With this in mind, her energetic ‘experimental pop’ debut album encourages people to open up to the sounds and cultures that exist around them. Now, at the age of 23, Cevanne is a prize-winning graduate from Cambridge University, who has also studied at Trinity College of Music in London and has toured Britain with internationally renowned artists. However, Cevanne has always remained true to her roots despite how far she has travelled. Last year, the talented musician organised a magical series of Peter Pan themed concerts she named ‘Out of Neverland’ because J.M. Barrie had a hand in designing the meare in Thorpeness. “We wanted to bring high quality arts to the area which has some of the highest rates of social exclusion in the UK. Peter Pan is for everyone and ‘Out of Neverland’ is for Suffolk.” Cevanne produced ‘BIG EARS’ herself not through a contract with a record label. Asked why she chose this route, she said: “It was so important to me that my debut album had only my own limitations upon it. An independent release gives me the freedom to write, develop and sound how I want to.” Her upbeat and offbeat tunes journey from a deep reggae beat with an electronic twist to a series of melodic vocals with a subtle classical edge. She performed the ‘BIG EARS’ pilot material recently at East London’s Passing Clouds club, to raise money to build a sustainable housing cooperative in South East London. And her staccato beats, quirky sounds and incredibly energetic performance had a huge effect on the audience with people singing along, dancing, jumping and shouting to the weird and wonderful sounds she created.
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9 A Fate Untold are a 4 piece pop-punk band from Ipswich consisting of David Housden, Vocals and guitar, Matthew Hurrell, Vocals and guitar, James Moss, Bass, and Todd Emanuel, Drums and vocals. With their blend of poppy choruses and jump along hooks, they set out to give a memorable performance show after show. If you like Blink 182 or Busted you should definitely give them a listen! Since forming late 2008 they’ve played 100+ shows, each one more energetic than the last. Their song writing is full of teenage angst and past experiences, keeping a positive spin on things and giving people a deep meaning whilst putting a smile on their faces. Their 1st EP, ‘You Can’t Motorboat a Personality’, sold out of it’s 1st batch of copies within a month of being released, and continues to sell. Their 2nd EP, ‘Win By Default’, was released on the last month and contains 4 bright, snappy pop-punk songs that will certainly open up doors for these lads. This was recorded and produced by London based independent label The Animal Farm. With the hype surrounding them right now, it won’t be too long before their name is on the lips of many others. With an upcoming 2 week tour in August, and many other shows scattered across the country, the future is certainly looking bright for AFU. You can see them at The Old Maltings Bury St Edmunds on the 5th of June or at PJ McGinty’s on the 26th of June. Catch them at a show near you, before it’s too late!
10 Ipswich singer/songwriter KingOfTrash has just released his debut album Mythology, an unapologetic collection of high-end Pop tracks. One of my personal favourites, ‘Bring me down’, blends an upbeat technopop feel, an inspirational lyric and the hauntingly beautiful melody of ‘Enola Gay’. He says that ‘Until recently, Pop has been seen as the easy option in the World of music, if only that were the case,’ he smiles. ‘I’ve had to work really really hard to put together this album but I have to say that the incredible reception it’s had makes the whole process really worthwhile.’ However there is more to Tyrone Lee Needham (the man behind the name!) than creating party anthems, EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice) ‘Treehouse Appeal’ have adopted his track ‘Rainbow Never Dies’ He says ‘ I am thrilled It’s a cause very close to my heart - I believe very much that charity starts at home, and, I am humbled to think that my song can bring a little peace to those families at a time of great sadness, and of course all proceeds from the track are being donated to the charity, so go and download it now from our reverbnation site, www.reverbnation.com/kingoftrash He’ll also be playing his first festival this year, he told me ‘I’ve been asked to perform at NRGFest - the thought of getting up there in front of several thousand screaming fans is a little daunting, but hey, I’m just gonna do my thing and really raise the roof!’ Mythology is available for download either as an entire album or track-by-track and even ringtones from www.reverbnation.com/ kingoftrash. Don’t forget you can also follow him on Facebook.
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The Beat became an overnight success in the 80’s scoring such hits as ‘Tears of a Clown, Mirror in the Bathroom, Too nice to talk to and a soulful cover of the Andy Williams song ‘Can’t Get Used to Losing You’!
Gideon Conn’s shows are breath-taking from start to finish. With a cheeky smile he makes the audience jump for joy, sigh with delight then leave asking what they have just seen and when can I hear it again? He has performed, with his band, at major festivals and toured with some fantastic artists including Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, 6 Day Riot and Jason Mraz. He released a catchy, hip hop/indie crossover single called ‘I Want You Around’ which was well received by radio - playlisted on Xfm and awarded breakfast single of the week on BBC 6 music as well being championed by Huw Stevens and Rob da Bank on Radio 1. Gideon’s debut album entitled ‘New Bop Sounds’, is due for release in March 2010. The first single from the album is called ‘Londonderry’, and was released in December 2009. It is a beautiful song, memorable for its unabashed simplicity and ability to capture your heart and mind.
Hachfest are pleased to be welcoming one of the UK’s most popular and influential Ska Bands ‘The Beat’, who will be headlining the 2010 Saturday Line-up.
The band toured the world with artistes such as David Bowie, The Police, REM, The Clash and The Specials. The current band line up includes original members Ranking Roger and Everett Morton, plus ex. Dexys Midnight Runners and General Public Keyboard player Mickey Billingham and also features Roger’s Son Murphy ‘Ranking’ Jr.
This exciting young Mancunian musician may well be familiar to anyone that went along to ‘Harvest at Jimmy’s’ last year – he certainly struck a chord with Hachfest committee members, who are very pleased that he has agreed to appear at Hachfest this year!
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How does a respectable wife, mother and wedding photographer by day turn into a Rock Photographer by night? That was the question I had for Sara Thomas, photographer of the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Prodigy, Blondie, Manic Street Preachers, Robert Cray, James Brown, Supergrass, Lemar, and many more. “Well it started when in 2001, I had taken time off to have the children and when my youngest started nursery I decided to focus on finding a career I could really love, so I started a 2yr full time photography course. I had thought I would like to be a food photographer but I found out that that would involve a lot of prep followed by just one shot I like to be on the edge and think on my feet so I started thinking of different aspects of photography and really enjoyed the photojournalist part of the course” Then fate jumped in, one of her favourite bands Supergrass was playing locally so her husband
just phoned them up and asked if there was any chance of a photo pass for her. Surprisingly they said yes, probably because of her student status so she went along and absolutely loved it. She says, “I learnt a lot there – I learnt that you only get to stay in the box for the first 3 songs, there’s no flash and it’s a really bad idea to wear a white shirt!” After that she was hooked and anything coming locally she would contact them, sometimes she was successful and afterwards she would always send a link so the artists could see the work. Once, Grammy award winner Robert Cray chose her shot to promote his next tour. After college she started working for the Cambridge Evening News photographing bands appearing locally. “It was fun but as the photo’s needed to be on the desk by midnight I often could only stay for the 3 songs then would have
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to head out to edit the photo’s and get them in on time – sometimes I would stay later if it was a band I really wanted to see though!” She also works with an agency in London but finds it much harder to do that because of the transport links between here and London. “I wish we had a proper venue here in Ipswich, the Regent is a great venue for theatre but as the seating isn’t removable it’s not ideal for live music. Hopefully with the University and all the regeneration that’ll be something that we get soon - I’m hoping to start working with local bands more, there are some great talents out there so I’d love to support them too.” The favourite band ever to photograph were the Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Hyde Park, they were doing the weekend in London then going off to do some other dates before coming back to Hyde Park on the Wednesday. She told me “I couldn’t get in to photograph them on the first 2
nights as that was reserved for the likes of NME and the BBC but I could go on the Wednesday. As it happened the weather for the first 2 gigs was awful, but on the Wednesday it was glorious, the perfect summer evening. The sun was going down, gorgeous light on the stage, a light breeze As you know I’m only allowed to photograph for the first 3 songs but when they play they jam for about 10 minutes first which doesn’t count as the song so you’ve got much longer than normal, and because they warmed up and the audience is getting into it there’s a much better atmosphere. To me a really good rock photograph isn’t so much about the flash and blur that you’ll see in things like NME, I like to capture expressions, the small moments when the artist is so absorbed in what they’re doing and are just lost in the music”
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In these times when society is so hard on the elderly caring for a relative with dementia can be an exhausting emotional and physical experience. Lack of support and guidance means that carers often feel isolated and lonely which adds to the sadness of seeing a loved one dealing with such a debilitating disease. But there is in fact a great deal that can be done to enrich the lives of both the person with dementia and the people caring for them. Undoubtedly one of the key requirements is that carers have the energy and the positive outlook needed to provide such care.
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The Fabric of Success Suffolk Entrepreneurs 8th book is launched! Karin Hellaby ‘s life, like many people’s, has been a patchwork of joy and adversity. But this lady knows that it really doesn’t matter how small the scraps we’re left with are – it’s what we make with them that counts. She wrote her first book simply because she was bringing up 3 children on her own. Her eldest son was 18 and wanted to go to University. Having been to University herself (Karin is a fully qualified teacher), she was determined to support her son through this. Although she already owned Quilter’s Haven it was still very early days in the business so things really were hand to mouth at the time. She suddenly decided to write a book! She says, “I knew I could do it because I have a teaching degree so I know how to write lesson notes which is basically what my books are. It took me about 6 months to write and I had people testing every chapter but I did face challenges such as finding a graphic designer – an area I knew nothing about back then. I also knew there were 2 ways to go with it, I could
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Festivals in May... The East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival 9 May, Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft In this spectacular dragon boat race crews of up to 11 people will battle it out in a series of fast and furious heats and finals over a 200m course in 30’ dragon boats to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. The East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival has to date raised more than £75,000 for EACH and you can help increase that amount.
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There will also be plenty of activities on the bankside to entertain teams and spectators between races including Chinese lion dancing, funfair, street entertainers, children’s activities, bar and catering.
See www.buryfringe.com to find out who will be where and when, or just explore the town and see what takes your fancy on the day.
For further information and to make sure you are on the starting line on 9th May please call Gable Events today to request an entry form on 01780 470718
The 17-day Festival is one of the best-loved cultural events in East Anglia offering an exciting mix of contemporary and classical music, outdoor concerts, jazz, folk, opera, dance, film, poetry, comedy, walks, street theatre and much more.
Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival 2010 1 – 14 May, Bury St Edmunds With a wealth of comedy, music and all manner of entertainments we proudly present a packed schedule of events which celebrates and showcases Suffolk and East Anglian talent. The majority of performers appearing during the fortnight are from the East of England, although we admit we’ve enticed a few back from their (inter)national careers! Those who aren’t locals are here because they believe in the Fringe and our emphasis on community and the ‘feel-good’ factor. We would love to see everyone in Bury St Edmunds walking around with a big smile on their faces if only for a couple of weeks, and we
Bury St Edmunds Festival 2010 14 – 30 May, Bury St Edmunds
A party night will signal the start of this year’s Festival, with a Queen and Madness Tribute Night to set the ball rolling. The popular outdoor gigs in the Abbey Gardens are spread over two Fridays to give revellers a great start to Festival weekends. The traditional Beating Retreat sunset ceremony moves to close the Festival and the town’s first Food and Drink Festival celebrating the best of local produce will be hosted by Bury St Edmundsbased brewers Greene King. This year will also see the formation of a Festival jazz orchestra, plus adult and youth choirs to perform world music with South African band Mbawula, while local musicians can showcase their talents by busking around the town. Tickets available from the box office on 01284 769505 or visit www.buryfestival.co.uk
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The region, with its softly undulating landscapes, pretty villages and magnificent cultural heritage, is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the fresh air while exploring its countryside on foot. Walks range from gentle 2-3 mile rambles to longer and more energetic outings of up to 12 miles through Suffolk’s beautiful countryside. Many include lunch and afternoon tea stops with a chance to sample some fresh local produce, while for others walkers are asked to bring their own picnic.
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Featuring around 30 guided walks in a variety of locations to suit different tastes and fitness levels. A different kind of walking festival, it includes outings accompanied by a poet and storyteller plus photographic and twilight nature walks.
Special interest outings include Wildlife Discovery walk on 15th May and an early morning walk on 22nd May around Arger Fen to watch and hear the dawn wildlife. On four of the routes walkers will be joined by poet and performer Dean Park, who will recite poems and stories along the way. There will be a photographic walk on 22nd May starting out from the Beyond the Image Gallery at Thornham Magna, and a visit to the sites associated with the famous murder of Maria Marten in the Red Barn at Polstead on 23rd May. There are also several walks for the younger audience such as Mister Stevenson’s Light Railway on 31st May, which follows the route of the ‘Middy’ to discover how to interpret landscape clues, and the Scavenger Hunt at Thornham Walks – a gentle afternoon stroll through the woods hunting for a given list of items. Pre-booking is essential for all walks, call the Tourist Information Centre at Lavenham on 01787 248207 or Mid Suffolk on 01449 676800. Many walks are free, for others the prices range from £2 to £20 per person (the latter includes lunch); dogs are allowed on some walks but must be kept on a lead at all times. For further information visit www.southandheartofsuffolk.org.uk.
A glorious event in the wonderful Christchurch Park in the centre of thriving Ipswich. The Festival has a celebrity chef kitchen, lots of food and drink stalls. Come and try loads of wonderful food and drink. Have lunch or tea and cake. Wander about this beautiful park. Listen to the band playing. Potter around the stalls tasting some of their delicious wares. All in marquees in the park – come rain or shine you will have a great time!
PULSE 2010 27 May – 12 June, Ipswich
PULSE ’10 fills the theatres, galleries, offices and caravans of Ipswich with a three week long explosive celebration of the most vibrant, bold and brilliant theatre from across the UK. “PULSE is now firmly on the cultural radar as the place to see new work. With 58 events in just two weeks, PULSE ’10 is going to be a demanding but highly rewarding experience for dedicated festival supporters. However, the range of work is immense, from deeply personal stories to tales of magic realism, from work in a traditional theatre space to work in a car-park, from work which is provocative to work which will make you giggle… so I hope this year’s festival attracts lots of new supporters.” says Festival Director Stephen Freeman To find out more visit www.pulsefringe.com where Stephen will be uploading a daily video blog (from 24 May) or join PULSE at www.facebook. com/PulseFringe or www.twitter.com/PulseFringe to keep in touch. Ticket prices range from £4 to £14 but you can save £1 off every ticket by purchasing a PULSEPass for just £10. Tickets are available from the Ticket Hotline on 01473 295900 or online at www.pulsefringe.com
27 Felixstowe Drama Festival 29 May – 5 June, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe Saturday 29th May - Art (comedy) by Yasmina Reza, Tryst Theatre Serge has bought a modern abstract painting for a huge sum of money. Marc is disgusted and cannot believe that a friend of his could possibly want such a ghastly work. Yvan attempts, unsuccessfully, to placate both sides while struggling with the plans for his wedding. Sunday 30th May - Under Milk Wood (play) by Dylan Thomas, Rushmere Players Monday 31st May - Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Deben Players
Saturday 5th June - Like a Virgin (play) by Gordon Steel, In Yer Space Angela and Maxine, both sixteen, attack life with laughter and excitement. Besotted with Madonna they truant from school, form a band, attempt to write songs - and live out their adolescent dreams of becoming famous. Meanwhile Angela’s mother Viv is distraught after her husband leaves her for another woman. She struggles to come to terms with herself and her daughter. A volatile but loving relationship develops as the two grow to appreciate each other’s different needs: hope, sex, ambition, despair and most of all love.
Thursday 3rd June - Happy Jack by John Godber, Cardiff Players
Performances will begin each evening at 7.30pm but there will be NO PERFORMANCE on Tuesday or Wednesday night.
Friday 4th June - The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Parkside Players
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Arts, Crafts and Fashion
15 – 24 May, 11 to 5.30 SUFFOLK OPEN STUDIOS’ 19th YEAR see a diverse range of work from almost 150 Suffolk artists including painters, sculptors, wood carvers and textile artists • Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Nr Bury St Edmunds • www.suffolkopenstudios.co.uk.
19 May, 9.30 til 12 CoastalNet Monthly Networking Meeting • Ufford Park, Melton
Business and Networking
30 April – 3 May, 9.30 to 4.30 Suffolk Coastal Deckchairs painted by celebs and artists to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice. Suffolk Coastal District Council Offices, Felixstowe. 01473 723600.
4 May, 9.30 to 2 Women in Business Seminar, including a talk by yours truly! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org providing details of attendee(s) to reserve your seat(s), as places are limited.
1 May, from 8pm Paul Merton Impro Chums • Regent Theatre
6 May –5 June, 10 to 4 Suffolk Coastal Deckchairs painted by celebs and artists to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice. The Cut, Halesworth
12 May, 12 til 2 Athena Lunch: Networking for Women • Belstead Brook Manor Hotel• email@example.com• Jackie Clifford: 08458 335204
8 May Jim Davidson - If I Ruled The World • Regent Theatre
Until 12 June
Exhibition - Colin Moss, 1914-2005: Artist & Teacher • Ipswich Town Hall Galleries Until 12 June Exhibition: ArtOne Contemporary - Mixed Media by Gallery Artists • John Russell Gallery,
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20 May, 7am til 9am People Buy People Monthly Networking Breakfast Meeting • Glasswells on Ranelagh Rd in Ipswich
2 May from 7.30 Jokers Comedy Club • Manor Ballroom, Ipswich
21 & 22 May Jimmy Carr - Rapier Wit • Regent Theatre
1 May, from 7.30 Russell Maliphant Dance Company: Afterlight & Choice • Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich • 01473 295230
1 May, from 11am SUITCASE CIRCUS - A fun and colourful miniature circus performed from behind a jacket and hosted by a threadbare ringmaster’s sock… Welcome, welcome, welcome to the utter object wonder, which is Suitcase Circus • New Wolsey Theatre
18 May Ballet Central Dynamic students at the Central School of Ballet present a repertoire of well-loved pieces, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. • Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
3 May, 10 to 5 May Day Celebration - Dancing round the Maypole, Morris dancers, traditional music and jig dolls • Museum of East Anglian Life 3 May Sing-a-long-a Rocky Horror Picture Show • Regent Theatre 5 May Celebrating 25th years of The Solid Silver 60’s Show • Regent Theatre
Faith, Spiritual and Charitable
1 May, from 11am THIS IS A THAT - A magnificent, magical, physical, musical journey about a father and daughter who let their imagination run away with them. The show is a unique fusion of dance and theatre for children and their grown ups • New Wolsey Theatre
4 May, from 7.30 Charity Pudding Club Evening (EACH) • Arlingtons Brasserie, Museum Street, Ipswich • www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk/puddings.
21 – 23 May The Gruffalo - A magical, musical adaptation of the award winning picture book • Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
7 May The Outlaws perform a Charity Fundraiser In aid of Macmillan Nurses and Woolverstone Wish • Sizewell Sports & Social Club
7 May St Elizabeth Hospice Motorcycle Run a scenic 30 mile route. £5. Bikers must register • 01473 723600 • www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk
29 – 31 May Disney’s Beauty And The Beast • Regent Theatre
8 May Micky Flynn – Fantastic Rock & blues • Ye Olde Bell & Steelyard, Woodbridge
20 May Brendan Cole Live Tour • Regent Theatre
Heritage and Historical 2, 3, 30 & 31 May, 12.30 to 4 Bawdsey Radar Open Day: discover the history of radar. Adults £3 children free.Free parking.• The Transmitter Block, Bawdsey Manor, Bawdsey • www. bawdseyradar.org.uk • email@example.com 10 May, 12.30 til 4.30 David Josef Antiques & Collectors Fairs • Kesgrave Community Centre
♦♦ Tudor dancing ♦♦ Falconry ♦♦ Crown and shield making ♦♦ Tudor trails ♦♦ Bouncy castle ♦♦ Explore the beautiful grounds and interior
Music, Festivals, Food and Drink
8 May FOREIGN BEGGARS • Ice Bar, Tacket Street, Ipswich
1 – 3 May Weybread Festival featuring Live music from Sylvane, a 9 May, 12 to 3 scarecrow competition, historical displays and lots more! Jazz n’ Lunch. Enjoy lunch & relax to the fabulous sound of the Barry Kingston Trio 2 May • Ye Olde Bell & Steelyard, Woodbridge The Hairy Bikers’ Big Night Out • Regent Theatre 2 May Frankie Martin 366 Tour in aid of Help For Heroes • Ye Olde Bell & Steelyard, Woodbridge
Otley Hall Open Days Sundays 2nd & 30th May, Sunday 29th August
1pm-5pm £6 adults £3 children A fun filled day for all the family with Tudor dancers, falconry displays and lots more!
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6 May “Waterloo” The ultimate Abba show! • Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe
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10 May Moscow State Symphony Orchestra • Bury St Edmund’s Cathedral
30 11 May Ray Davies with Band • Regent Theatre 12 May Jamie Cullum • Regent Theatre 14 May Star for A Night - celebrate with the diverse and highly skilled local talent of Suffolk! • Regent Theatre 13 – 30 May, Bury St. Edmunds festival A 17 day extravaganza! • www.buryfestival.co.uk 15 May The Spirit of Pink Floyd • Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe 15 May Wolsey Orchestra completes its season with a feast of exciting and irresistible music • Regent Theatre 17 May Generation Sound Generation sound an evening of live music from suffolks new talent • Regent Theatre 21 May Andy Nolan’s live Take That tribute act - Andy is the UK’s leading Gary Barlow tribute - followed by a three course meal £20.00 per person • Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham • www.fynn-valley.co.uk 22 May C’mon everybody: Rock ‘n’ roll show • Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe 22 May The Aldertones – Music from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s • Ye Olde Bell & Steelyard, Woodbridge
23 May Quizzes The Beat & Neville Staple & His Band • Regent Theatre 14 May, from 7.30 26 May QUIZ NIGHT, maximum team size 6. Bring your own The Damned & T-Rextasy • Regent Theatre drinks & nibbles, desserts for sale. Tickets £5 • Woodbridge Community Hall 29 May Colin & Harry • Ye Olde Bell & Steelyard, Woodbridge • Caroline: 07775 620226.
Nature, Health and the Great Outdoors 11 May, from 7.30 Deben Flower Club May Meeting. Mrs Barbara Collins from Peterborough will be demonstrating “Spring into Summer” Visitors £4.00 • Kirton Church Hall • 01394 411422. 16 May, 2 to 5 Sheepshanks’ family gardens are open to public in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice. This ten acre garden featuring many rare specimen trees and shrubs, is landscaped on differing levels providing views and vistas. The Rookery is also home to Staverton Vineyard where wine tasting will be available. Entry is £3 and teas will be available. • The Rookery, Eyke, Woodbridge, IP12 2RR • 01473 723600 23 May, 2 to 5 Open gardens in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice. Semi walled garden of about an acre, mixed herbaceous borders, vegetable garden and a small wooded area. £2, children free and afternoon teas and cakes available. • Lodge Cottage, Falkenham , IP10 0QY • 01473 723600
Theatre 1 May The Country Wife by William Wycherley: Suffolk Youth Theatre present William Wycherley’s bawdy, restoration romp • New Wolsey Theatre 5, 7 & 8 May Hollesley Players present Agatha Christies ‘Verdict’ Hollesley Village Hall • 01394 411079 5 – 22 May UP ON THE ROOF By Simon Moore and Jane Prowse - A poignant and affectionate musical comedy which celebrates the enduring power of friendship • New Wolsey Theatre 8 May Mark Beaumont - The Man who Cycled the World tells his amazing story! • Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe 11 May All Our Yesterdays 2 One of the biggest shows of its kind in the UK, taking you on a breathtaking musical journey from the good old days of Music Hall, through the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and finally into the some of the beautiful harmonies of the 1970’s • Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe
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