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June 2016


Stradbroke Library Live! The first Community Arts screening of a live performance West End play is taking place on 11th June at the Court House in Stradbroke. This is a screening of a live stage performance from the West End of Billy Elliot: The Musical. Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dreams come true. The story follows Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and changes his life forever. Doors open 7pm, screening begins 7.30pm. Tickets are £8. (Please note: Cert 15) This event is part of the Suffolk Libraries Presents project which brings quality theatre and exhibition events to Suffolk communities using the latest digital screening equipment. Suffolk Libraries Presents is an Arts Council England funded project which is being run in seven of the county’s libraries with the aim of bringing more Suffolk residents into contact with the arts in a familiar and accessible local venue. Suffolk Libraries is working in partnership with Creative Arts East to deliver this innovative new project. Maureen John

Festifull on Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 June th


Make sure you don’t miss this year’s Festifull - the family event for everyone in the village. Adult entry £2.50, 16 year olds and under free. Over 40 stalls, Demonstrations, Pony Rides, ‘Bouncy Castles’, Burgers, Ice Creams, Licensed Bar, Hot Drinks & cakes. Win £100 in the Grand Draw – tickets on sale on the day and now in Spar Junior 5 a side Football Tournament over both days with over 40 teams. Contact - Jayne Cook 01986 798428 to enter teams Saturday Arena schedule: 11:00 Swim & Gym demonstration 11:30 Kickboxing 12:00 Zumba with Eileen 12:30 Waggy Tails – Dog Agility 13:00 Tiddlywinks graduation ceremony 13:30 Eastern Harriers 14:00 Stradbroke Junior Brass Band 14:30 Steff the Magician 15:00 Majorettes 15:30 Stradbroke Junior Brass Band 16:00 Fire Service demonstration 16:15 Grand Draw and Prize Giving Sunday: Festifull continues from 10am with the Market and Refreshments. 13:00 It’s a Knockout Wipeout - contact - Julia Green 07796 624768 to enter teams General enquiries to Roger Turkington - 01379 384248. Last minute stall enquiries to Martin Allison – 01379 388251

Roger Turkington

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Local Churches

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Stradbroke Baptist Church Stradbroke Baptist Church, Laxfield Road, Stradbroke, Suffolk We welcome you to join us

All Saints and Baptist Church, Village Service 5th June, 10:30am @ Baptist Church Service each Sunday at 10:15am - Service leaders in June: 5th Rev. G. Lee 12th N. Robinson 19th Rev S. Sealey We welcome you to join us – our activities for June: We pray together Monday 6th Bible study Tuesday 7th Cameo Lunch Wednesday 8th Create & Chatter Saturday 18th Bible study Tuesday 21st Drop in for coffee Wednesday 22nd

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Happy Birthday Ma’am Congratulations to Her Majesty. The longest reigning monarch in British history, Queen, mother, grandmother and most photgraphed person on the planet, senior citizen who works over 40 hours a week, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, yet feeds her own dogs, the Queen’s remarkable life of service to our nation and commonwealth has made her one of the most admired people in the world. Her’s is an extraordinary long life of devotion and service, all carried through with a diplomacy which our politicians often lack. We may ask what is the secret of the Queen’s remarkable consistency of character and extraordinary contribution to our nation. It’s a question she herself answered in 2002: “I just know how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad. Each day is a new beginning. I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God….. I draw strength from the message of hope in the Christian gospel”. From an early age Her Majesty has led by example. Her Christian faith and firm belief in a higher power has enabled her to perform her duty and become the best loved monarch in our history. Happy Birthday Ma’am. (Extracts from “The Servant Queen”) Please contact:John Ling 388751 (Church Elder) Jackie Hughes 384112 (Church Administrator)

Can We Help?

The Stradbroke Our telephone number is 07749 445531 Good Neighbours Need a lift to the Surgery or for an appointment at hospital? Service Collect a prescription? Change a light bulb? Check your smoke alarm or an odd job done? Our Volunteers will be happy to help you. There will be a mileage charge for journeys undertaken by our drivers and we will inform you of the mileage charge when you phone for assistance. We would appreciate at least 24 hours notice and will be happy to assist you.

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Local Churches

All Saints, Stradbroke

All Saints Church Stradbroke. Revd Susan Loxton 01379 388493 Church warden, Peter Chetwynd 01379 384069 If you have any questions about Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals or any questions about the Faith, please contact Revd Susan. Services: 5th June 10.30 am Village service with the Baptists at their church 12th June 6.30 pm Songs of Praise for Queen’s birthday 19th June 11.00 am Holy Communion followed by coffee/tea 26th June 8.00 am Holy Communion, said service 26th June 10.45 am Contemporary service at Fressingfield with Bring and Share lunch to celebrate Revd Cathy’s ordination as priest 3rd July 11.00 am Family service + Baptism followed by coffee/tea Tea & Toast – 12th June: The start of a monthly drop- in morning from 9.15 to 10.30 am at the Community Centre for anyone who would like to chat over a cup of tea or coffee and some toast. Everyone is very welcome. We will have a box of toys available so any little ones will be welcome too. See you there. Ordination for Revd Cathy at Bury Cathedral on Saturday 25th June at 5 pm. If you would like to attend, speak to Peter, 384069, for travelling details. J Chetwynd

Stradbroke All Saints Fundraising Committee The Art Exhibition was quite well supported and raised £1554.19. Thanks must go to everyone for their help and support, making my job much easier. Thanks to Mr & Mrs Goffee for all their help with printing & wine and also to our sponsors, Skinners & Mark Peacock. Next year is our 25th Art Show so we must make it very special. I am now arranging the Flower Festival in church on 11th, 12th and 13th June to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. I still need about 3 more flower arrangements. Any offers? We shall decorate on 9th June. We are also serving food in a marquee and are having a large printed raffle. Tickets are £1 each with many prizes, including £50. Helpers will again be needed at the festival, so please let me know if you7 are able to fill in a slot. After all this we have the Village Show to look forward to. Roly Copping has the schedules to pick one up and enter, because it is you that make the event. 23rd July in the Community Centre. Thanks to all who donate to our cause in so many ways. Mary Ellis

All Saints – A message from Rev. Cathy Bladen Dear Friends and Neighbours, I’m gradually getting to know people in Stradbroke and am really enjoying all there is to learn about being a priest in rural ministry. One of the reasons I believe God called me into this work is my love for people and my enjoyment of getting to know them and building relationships. There are many different aspects to the job, which means I’m able to get involved with community life and the local schools too. There is so much life going on and groups to be a part of, it gives me and everyone a real sense of belonging. As I reflect on that I wonder if that is because churches and chapels have always been at the heart of the community, helping to bring people together and creating a sense of belonging. I think there is still a feel of that in the village, although perhaps less obvious. In these unsettled times there is a real need to feel we belong, and that is part of the beauty of the Christian faith; it draws people from all different back grounds, different abilities, strengths and weakness to come together, to become community. I believe that God designed us to be a part of community and Christian fellowship. It’s in recognising that each one of us is special and loved by God that we each have significance and value and from that we get a true sense of acceptance and belonging. So if you would like to know more about becoming a part of the Christian community here then please contact me, Revd Cathy Bladen, 588311 or Revd Susan Loxton; we would love to chat with you and help you find ways to join in. God Bless, Cathy Bladen

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Stradbroke Parish Council

The Clerk’s Report

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the Community Centre at 7.30pm on Monday, 13th June 2016. 5 members of the public attended the meeting. This was the Parish Council’s AGM so in addition to the usual business some extra proposals were voted on: Stuart Gemmill continues as Chair, with Oliver Last as Vice Chair. Councillors were also elected to working parties and committees. The Councillors voted to adopt new Standing Orders / Financial Regulations / Financial Risk Assessment / Freedom of Information Policy and Publication Scheme. Planning Applications supported: 1087/16 Valley Farm IP21 5JL– change of use from agriculture to residential. 1629/16 Fig Tree Cottage, New Street, IP1 5JJ – removal of porch and single storey rear extension to replace existing. Erection of 1st floor extension over existing garage. Replacement of timber windows and lime render. Minor internal alterations (1630/16 – as above listed building consent) 1878/16 Turtle Dove Cottage, 4 Priory Close, IP21 5HD –two storey side extension and enlarge existing garage Results of planning applications considered by MSDC since the PC last met: 1039/16 Havensfield Farm, Fressingfield Road IP13 8EN – No update at time of meeting 0205/16 Stradbroke Farm Barn, Laxfield Road IP21 5NL : Granted 29/4/16 0683/16 Penny Cottage, Pixey Green, IP21 5NH: Granted 3/5/16 0645/16 Chestnut House, Wilby Road IP21 5JP: Application withdrawn Other Planning matters: The Clerk has made 3 reports to planning enforcement. To date one response received, that the new BT fibre box did not need planning permission. Oliver Last reported on the S106 document re the Grove Farm development. Councillors were disappointed to note that the requirement for local needs housing has disappeared and only choice based affordable housing remains on the plan. The Chair will contact Mid Suffolk re the plan shown as annex A in the S106 documents as it appears to highlight the Leisure Centre. It was noted by Councillors that the money is available for projects within the vicinity of the area shown and felt it would be wise to consider all options once the Neighbourhood Planning questionnaire is analysed. Further details on planning can be obtained from the Clerk. Finance The cheques for signature included one to Suffolk County Council for the work carried out to enable them to adopt the Street Lights. Suffolk County Council have confirmed that they have now taken ownership of the lights and no further charge will be made to Stradbroke for the cost of running the street lights. Other Clearance at the cemetery took place on the 8th May and thanks were expressed for all those that helped on the day. Some additional work has been identified and will be carried out in due course. Councillors are still working with a number of companies to identify improvements to play equipment within the village and hope to start completing funding applications shortly. We are approaching a busy and enjoyable time for village activities. The organisers of all these events have planned for a long time and will have all the necessary licences and policies in place. Should any villager find they have a concern about any event, please feel free to contact me and I will pass it on in confidence to the organisers. Members of the public and press are very welcome to attend meetings of the Parish Council and to bring matters of concern or information to the attention to Members in the time allocated to the Public Forum. Dog Owners are requested to only use the bins designated for dog waste and not to use the village litter bins when disposing of dog poo.

Clerks contact information: Odile Wladon Mobile: 07555 066147 email: Address: Mill Hill House, Church Lane, Wickham Skeith, Suffolk IP23 8NA

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Life in the Legion—The Royal British Legion (Stradbroke and District Branch) From the Chairman’s Desk The Speaker at the May monthly meeting of the branch was member Rosemary Warne, MBE, DL, who spoke on the career of Brigadier Geoffrey Weston DSC & Bar. It was a most interesting talk and well presented. On behalf of the sixteen members and guests present I gave the usual vote of thanks. In the tribute at the start of the meeting mention was made of the recent death of Douglas Crooks, aged 95, who was our oldest member. The Royal British Legion’s, Diss Branch Standard Bearer, Jim Root, was welcomed. Branch Secretary & Treasurer Bernard Mills presented letters received, membership and the bank details. Thanks were given to everybody for their help with the recent concert given by The Sheringham Shantymen to celebrate our Queens 90th. Birthday; in particular Joyce Cooper, our organiser, for all she had done. The best branch event I have been to for the past 33 years as Chairman! The next branch meeting is on Thursday, June 9th. to be held at our new venue Laxfield Royal Oak, starting at 11.30 am, with a guest speaker being arranged. Michael Burton (Branch Chairman)

W.I. 28 members and 3 visitors joined together to enjoy the MAY meeting keen to debate the resolutions and to join in the Silent Auction which was organised by Patricia Woodward. To start the evening Gill welcomed us all and thanked our hostesses for the flowers and posies and in advance for the refreshments, always a good move . Gill informed us that a letter of thanks for the bouquet of flowers given to Joyce and Roy Lee on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary had been received from them expressing their pleasure at the gift. Gwyneth Harris took the opportunity to tell as about Denman College that is in need of works and maintenance to be done and of course this will be expensive as the house is Georgian and needs remedial works . Ways of supporting the college were discussed and a gift box has been provided so that members may gift anonymously if they wish or by cheque if so desired. The resolutions were our next topic and there was much lively discussion around the first subject regarding care for dementia patients when in hospital. The resolution wanted hospitals to provide facilities for the carers to come into hospital and stay with their relatives to help with their care provision. This was thought to be all well and good but perhaps did not give enough concern to the fact that carers also need a break and should not be used as volunteer labour, that perhaps time and money should be spent to ensure that all staff are thoroughly trained and aware of the problems in caring for patients with such specific needs when staying in hospital. A vote was taken and the resolution was carried on a majority vote .The next resolution was to prevent supermarkets from throwing away edible food that could be used by those in need . This again caused lively discussion as we were informed that most of the big supermarkets are already working with some charities to utilise this food and that it is more of a problem with the smaller businesses. The principal of avoiding food waste was agreed as was the need to bring this problem to the attention of the public and media. At this point a vote was taken and the resolution was passed by a majority vote. It was noted by many members that the wording of these resolutions did not always satisfy the need to be able to make a clear cut decision on the resolution and that greater thought should go into the presentation of future resolutions. At this point we thanked Jennifer Chetwynd for her sterling efforts in presenting the resolutions and managing the debates, no rotten tomatoes were thrown and the session concluded peacefully. Further excitement ensued as the silent auction commenced. Over the last few months members have collected their unused gifts and Patricia Woodward has put them together in little groups with exotic titles like Arabian nights and All woman. The members were given some time to look at the presentations and to put in a bid for the ones they liked the best, others could out bid them but as in all good auctions you could come back and increase your bid. As for the silent part , well that was asking too much of our W.I. ladies as they took their refreshments and made their bids. Patricia called time and the lady with the last bid on the list of her choice took the spoils amid much laughter and chatter. Thank you Patricia that was fun and we made some money for our W.I. Final business was conducted and the meeting was closed. Next meeting will be on 9th June when Kindra Jones will come dressed in costume and talk to us about costumes through the ages. See you there . Prue Rush

Lottery Bonus Winners 24 J Dann. Rollover £50. 30 B Whiting, 28 C Mayhew, 16 M Jenkins. £48 donated to Art Exhibition, £48 donated to Dist Bowls club, £24 donated to Community Centre.

M Ellis

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Stradbroke High School Stradbroke High School Celebrates ‘Suffolk at Play’ Pupils in year 8 and volunteers from the local community have recently celebrated the culmination of the Stradbroke Suffolk at Play project at the high school. Over the course of 12 weeks, school pupils and older people from Stradbroke and surrounding villages worked with a reminiscence facilitator, a poet and an animation artist to explore memories of what and where they played. They then went on to create poems, memory boxes, scrapbooks, prose and animations inspired by exploring the differences (and similarities) of the childhood games they played, and the places in which they played them. The celebration event started with a special assembly where over 100 pupils from years 7 and 8 viewed the DVD of the work produced. The pupil participants were then joined by the adults who took part, and together they watched the animations, mused over the booklet, and generally recalled how much they had enjoyed it all. Project Officer, Candida Wingate from Suffolk Artlink, the charity responsible for Suffolk at Play, was delighted with the process at the school: “Suffolk at Play gives different generations the opportunity to recapture and share their memories of childhood games and pastimes. Participants also benefit from the chance to learn more about the different circumstances in which they grew – and are growing – up; from suffragettes to superheroes, they gain a better understanding of those circumstances, and of each other.” The verdict of the volunteers has also been very positive with comments including “This has been a fantastic opportunity to get to know these young people a little better. I’m so impressed with how they behave and how polite they are – at my age, you don’t always expect that, but these children have been absolutely lovely.” Through these shared activities and experiences, the project helped the group to build and strengthen relationships, whilst the creative work they produced has contributed to a new heritage resource. The project, which runs for three years, will culminate in a major celebration and exhibition at the Museum of East Anglian Life later this year, which will also launch an archive of work from the project that will be available for future generations to access. Thanks to Laxfield and District Museum and Stradbroke Village Archive for the generous loan of objects and use of images throughout the project and thanks to all the volunteers including Maureen from Stradbroke Library and Lorna from Hartismere House, Laxfield. To have a look at the animation please visit Sally Clarke

Stradbroke Primary School We have had already had such a busy term and there is a lot more to come! Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge ‘well done’ to our wonderful Year 6s and Year 2s who have worked so hard on the lead up to SATS and did a brilliant job sitting the tests. Rehearsals are now fully underway for our upcoming Summer production of ‘Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’, a humorous and lively musical set in mystical Arabia. We will be putting on three performances of the production in June and the children are very excited to showcase their talents. We are very excited to have been asked to perform at Stradisphere this year and will be taking some songs from our summer production to the main festival stage at 11:30 am on Saturday 9th July – we would love to see lots of you there! Other treats lined up for this term include Sports Day, a Talent Show and, of course, our Year 6 residential trip to Derbyshire. Hannah Legood, Head of School, Stradbroke Primary School

Friends of Stradbroke High School New clothes recycling bins in Stradbroke raises over £500 ! Many thanks to everyone who has donated old clothes and shoes in the new recycling bins - located by the swimming pool bottle banks in Stradbroke village. In the last few months we have raised over £500, which has been split between the Friends of the Primary and High Schools and also the Starlight Children’s charity for terminally ill children. Please continue to use the recycling bins throughout the year whenever you can. Many thanks. Nigel Brown

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Parent and Toddler Group On Thursday mornings 9.30-11.00am

Parent and Toddler Group At Wilby C of E Primary School Everyone welcome, babies and toddlers up to 5, mums, dads, carers, grandparents ~ bring a friend! Enjoy tea and biscuits while your little-ones play Lots of friends, toys, art & craft, music, activities. Secure outside play area. Donation gratefully accepted. For more information contact the school office on: 01379 384708 Or just come along.

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Stradbroke Archive and Records Association The Poet. On the west side of the church in grave number 62 lies James Chambers, a wandering poet. He was laid to rest on 8th January 1827 at the age of 79. He left behind a wealth of poems describing Suffolk life. He chose to walk from village to village selling books and his poems, mainly living of the land. He slept in barns and stacks rather than entering the gates of the Workhouse. He wrote: “In one house throughout their lives to be The pauper palace which they hate to see, That giant building, that high bounding wall, Those bare-worn walks, that lofty thundering hall, That large loud clock that tells each dreaded hour, Those gates and locks, and all those signs of power, It is a prison with a milder name Which few inhabit without dread or shame –“ James Chambers poems were published in 1820 and have been considered important enough in recent times to be reprinted for today’s reader. We have ordered the book and are waiting for it to arrive so that we may add it to the village archive collection. The archive has also received in the last few days a video documenting the building and opening of the swimming pool. We hope to have this digitilised within the next few weeks so that we can return the original VHS to the donor along with our ‘Thank you’ for his generosity. Stradbroke is an amazing place to live with deep rich roots and generous neighbours. The wandering poet, James Chambers, rests in the right place. Ann Readman

Wingfield and District Gardening Club At the end of April we had a very interesting visit to Christine Howard at Bedingfield to learn about cooking the produce of our gardens. This took place in a lovely warm barn with many good ideas and delicious eating following her talk! In June we make our second visits to the gardens which we saw in January. These should look very different and in their full glory. For ‘Gardens in Summer’ we meet in the Community Centre car park at 9.45 am on 25th June. For further information contact Caroline on 01379 384674

Radio Stradbroke Like the life cycle of a Butterfly, Summer transforms Radio Stradbroke from a Sunday morning dawn chorus to a creature of Wednesday nights. The month of June sees five shows of differing styles & content: June 1st 20:00 – 22:00 DJ Wally recounts stories from his holiday in between songs from his heyday June 8th 20:00 – 22:00 DJ Richard Pierce fuses new with classic to create a musical tapestry. June 15th 20:00 – 22:00 First Lady Kimberley hosts another of her legendary request shows. June 22nd20:00 – 22:00 DJ Dave gives us another lesson in the role of air guitar in music, & how easy it is to play. June 29th 20:00 – 22:00 DJ Huggy attempts to hold the reins as a select round table panel review music from acts appearing at Stradisphere 2016 in July, perhaps the only other event in Stradbroke’s social calendar that is truly for everyone. To hear all this: log on to Michael Hugman

The 3 Rectors FOASS (Friends of All Saints’ Church) is entering an exciting new phase! Over the years this committee has raised thousands of pounds to help save our church building and this continues with a new bid as outlined in last month’s magazine. A wide variety of fund-raising has happened and has been very successful due to the dedication of the volunteer committee members and the generosity of all of you – Stradbroke villagers. We are all very attached to this historic and iconic building in the centre of our community and none of us wish to see it disappear. In fact, early analysis of the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaires suggests that a majority of you want to see its use expanded. As such, we are now concentrating on a single big focus that will not only attract large external funding but be an opportunity for many more people of all ages to become involved in a community project, sharing talents and skills while developing the church building into a vibrant and useful space and venue for a wide range of events, exhibitions and activities. Have we whetted your appetite? Would you like to be involved in the planning of this? We are looking for enthusiastic people to join the new committee to bring this about. Please get in touch with us if you’d like more details. Gillian Rennie-Dunkerley Gillianrenni edunkerley@hotmail. com 01379 384248

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Forthcoming Events

The Stradbroke Sports and Community Centre Cinema On Thursday, 16th. June, we are showing “Dad’s Army” 7.00 for 7.30 pm. The Bar will be open and ice-creams will be on sale in the interval. Entrance is £5.50. The classic TV series is one of the best loved British TV shows of all time. An all-star cast Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The Home Guard was real, they lost 1,200 volunteers to enemy action in WW2, mainly air raids while on duty, they never faced an invasion, a real concern in 1940-41,but they didn't know that at the time! A pleasant film to watch, and a homage to the original series and the historical Home Guard. At the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 17th May the Chairman, Roger Turkington reported on a successful year, with a surplus of £7593. Roger Turkington (Chairman), Mike Moody (Treasurer) Margaret Streeter (Secretary) and David Merritt (Bar person) and Claudene Merrit (Bookings) were re appointed by acclamation, and other members were re elected en bloc. Don Darling (Youth Football), Mary Ellis ( Football and Tennis and Bowls), Jane Gemmill (W.I., Good Neighbours), Avril Major (Over 60’s) Tony Potts (Table Tennis) Velda Lummis (Parish Council), Dennis and Jane Merritt, Pam Cane, Colin Jones. Roger thanked everyone for their work and committment over the year, particularly with Cinema, special thanks to Claudene who is stepping down as the Bookings Clerk. We need someone to undertake this very important role in the community. It has been suggested we could use an online booking and invoice system. Margaret Streeter (Secretary)

Library/Post Office/Court House Café News We always have a supply of euros and US dollars in the Post Office and we can order any currency that you require with a little bit of notice. So think of us for your currency for your holidays. We have a new selection of greetings cards in so come along and have a browse. SNAP drop in for free housing related support Tuesday 14th June 2-4pm Open Café Games Night is on Monday 4th July 7-9pm Maureen John

Court House Café Summer Barbecue Sunday 31st July 1pm-5pm at Moatedge, Cedar Close, Stradbroke. Tickets £15 from Stradbroke library or tel: 01379 384768 or 07507802360 Bring your own wine. Vegetarians catered for. Book early to avoid disappointment. Maureen John

Stradbroke Over 60s The entertainers, ‘Times Past Duo’, that we had in May were extremely good and enjoyed by us all, we have booked for them to come again in October. We played Hoy at our last meeting for prizes, and on May 26th we have a trip to Yoxford antiques centre. Our June meetings will be on 2nd, when we will play Bingo, and 16th, when we shall be having a Strawberry Tea with music played by Dougie Chittock who is kindly organising a musical quiz for us. All our meetings are held in the Community Centre from 2 pm until 4pm, where you are most welcome to join us. Joan Grimes

Phoenix Singers' Forthcoming Events Saturday 4th June Sing Handel's Coronation Anthems in aid of EACH (East Anglia's Children's Hospices). Directed by Andrew Cantrill. 1.00 pm until 5.30 pm includes informal concert 4.45 pm. Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham IP13 9HE. Music scores and light refreshments provided. Suggested minimum donation £10. per person. Book your workshop place : with Gill Clare, 01728 723841, Phoenix Singers reg. Charity No. 1076549. AMERICAN SUMMER Concert to be held on Saturday 2nd July 2016 7.30 pm at Framlingham College. Tickets £15.00 (£7.50 for under 18s) includes interval drinks reception, available from Hall Farm Butchers, 25 Market Hill, Framlingham, William Glasse: 07802 597071, choir members and at the door. Charity No 1076549. Stephanie Askew (publicity)

Open Gardens Worlingworth / Southolt. Twelve gardens in and around the parishes of Worlingworth and Southolt will be open to the public on Sunday 3rd July from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Garden guides are £4 admits to all gardens (children free) Guides obtainable from Worlingworth church or any of the gardens. Also at the church there will be stalls, cakes, plants books, tombola and a grand draw. Refreshments will be available at Worlingworth church and four of the gardens and at 6.30 p.m. there will be a "Songs of Praise". All proceeds in aid of Worlingworth church. Vera Abbott

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Forthcoming Events

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The Red Feather Club On Saturday July 2nd there is a 1950s dance from 7.30pm ’til late with band Big Swifty and top London DJ Pat Da Kat making their Horham debuts. Tickets are £10. On Sunday July 3rd, Americana Day, from 10am to 4pm, is a fun family day celebrating all things American. The free event, which includes admission to the museum commemorating the 95th Bomb Group, will offer living history groups, trade stalls and classic American cars, hot rods and military vehicles on display. There will also be a DJ Jamboree. On Saturday September 24th the 200th mission dance features Skyliner and DJ Big John’s Special. It is from 7.30pm ’til late with tickets £12. Saturday October 22nd sees the annual Help for Heroes dance also from 7.30pm ’til late. Regular Red Feather Club Public Open Days are the last Sunday of the month from April to October, 10am-4pm (Sunday April 24th, May 29th, June 26th, July 31st, August 28th, September 25th & October 30th). The historic Red Feather Club, operated and managed by the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association, is the official UK museum of the 95th Bomb Group. The award-winning museum in a former NCOs' club exclusively houses uniforms and memorabilia relating to the 95th Bomb Group who flew out of Horham during WW2. The 95th, part of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, flew 334 missions and were the first Bomb Group to perform a daylight raid on Berlin. They were awarded a record three Presidential Unit Citations and lost more than 600 men in action. The Red Feather Club is four miles south-east of Eye off the B1117 (IP21 5DG). For details of prices, times, ticket availability etc for dances and other Red Feather Club events visit Mike Ager

Stradbroke Village Show The village show is on the 23rd July. Vegetable and tomato plants are now ready. Call at 21 Woodfields, Stradbroke. All proceeds to the Village Show. Roly Copping 01379 384839

Stradbroke High School Car Boot/Table Top Sale & Breakfast Café On Saturday the 11th of June between 8am - 1pm, Stradbroke High School will be holding another car boot sale along with a indoor table-top sale. So whatever the weather come along and enjoy a cup of tea and breakfast whilst browsing around and reading the free newspapers. All pitches only £5. All profits will be spent directly on the pupils. To book a space - Call or text Nigel on 07771 838957. Friends of Stradbroke High School.

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Heveningham Hall Country Fair 2016 2nd-3rd July, Gates open 10am-5pm. This year’s attractions include, The Red Devils, Bungee Jump, Tractor Parade, Monster Trucks, Aerobatics, Dog and Duck Show, Battle of Britain flying display, Suffolk Punches, Waveney Harriers, Falconry, Clay Pigeon Shoot, Dog Show, Agility and Flyball, Land Rover Off Road Course and much more. Plenty of entertainment for the children too including, Land Zorbing Balls, Bumper Carz, Bungee and Flatbed Tramps, Obstacle Course, Soft Play Centre and much, much more. Music throughout the day provided by the Ipswich Hospital Band, Suffolk School of Samba and others. And of course, aeroplanes, cars, food and shopping. Prices for a family of 2 adults and 3 children £30 in advance £35 on the gate. Adults £10 in advance and £12 on the gate (less £2 for over 60s and disabled). Children £6 in advance and £8 on the gate, under 5s free. All proceeds go to supporting the local community. For more information on and to purchase your tickets, go to We are looking for teams or individuals who are happy to join a team, to build and enter the raft race. There is also going to be a Strongman/woman contest where events such as, Tractor Pull, Tug of War, Bale Tossing, Tractor Tyre Pull and Bale Stacking are being considered. If you would like to participate in these activities and wish to find out more, please contact Tim Ackerley on 01986 798606 or 07467943828. Mike Stephens

Friends of All Saints Church Thank you to all those who contributed to making £115.42 at the Church Path Plant sale and The Food with Friends for Fun and Funds Champagne Breakfast £150. Do come along to our Annual General Meeting, to be held in the Webb Room at the Community Centre, on Wednesday, 13th. July, 2016 at 7.30 pm. Please find an article elsewhere in this edition outlining our exciting plans for the future of our cherished All Saints Church. Margaret Streeter

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Two Longer Summer Walks 1. Sunday June 12th at 10.30 a.m. To Brundish and Back. (11 miles) This is a joint guided circular walk with Waveney Ramblers to Brundish and back by a different route. We shall stay together as a group and walk at a steady 3.00 mph. Bring sandwiches for a Picnic Lunch at Brundish Church. All are welcome. Meet at the Community Centre. We shall leave promptly at 10.30 a.m.. Leader: Gerald Jenkins 384 825. 2. Sunday July 31st 9.00 a.m. Stradbroke to the Source of the River Waveney. (20 miles) This is a joint walk with Waveney Ramblers, the LDWA and those energetic inhabitants of Stradbroke who would like to take part. There is no need to book. For this guided social linear walk, we shall stay together as a group and walk at a steady 3.00 mph via Eye to Redgrave Fen. There we shall see the lake from which the River Waveney flows to form the border between Suffolk and Norfolk. Meet at the Community Centre. We shall leave promptly at 9.00 a.m. Bring refreshments for a picnic Lunch in Eye. A Minibus will be available to bring us back to Stradbroke at a cost of £2. Leaders: Gerald Jenkins 384825 Martin Watson 01502 575525

Horham & Athelington Community Council Car Boot Sale on Saturday, 11th. June, 10.00 am “Later Risers” 11.00 am Buyers. Bar, Refreshments, Tombola. Ring Karen on 384754 (£5.00 pre booked, £6.00 on the day) Car Treasurer Hunt, on Saturday, 25th June, 3.00 pm Treasure Hunt ring Karen 384754. Bring your Classic vehicles during the evening, cars, commercial, motorcycles, bicycles any age/condition BBQ and refreshments. David 384493. In aid of Community Centre Funds. Margaret Streeter (Chairman Horham & Athelington Community Council)

Open Gardens Open gardens at Bramfield Hall, IP19 9HZ on Sunday 5th June. The fabulous gardens at Bramfield Hall will be open from 2pm to 5pm, with guests also be able to enjoy entertainment from Ali’s Cats, refreshments, a raffle and plant stall. Admission is £3, with children under 16 free. All proceeds will go to Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund’s ongoing appeal to raise money for an information and support centre to benefit people with lifelimiting illness from across north east Suffolk and south Norfolk. For more information, visit Liz Hearnshaw

Stradbroke High School CARnival - Fun for all the family. The bigger and even better CARnival this year will be on Sunday the 11th of September 2016 10am - 4pm. We are planning loads of new and exciting events along with loads of classic and performance cars / live music / 40+ craft stalls / Lazer shooting / “Last person standing” / bouncy castles / rodeo bull etc etc. One major edition this year is a FREE huge “Zorb football” game !!!! (Over 9s only - sorry….health and safety !!) Of course lots of food / drink and entertainment for all. More details to follow - so please try and join us. Entry price still only £3 for adults and all pupils free. All profits will be spent directly on the pupils. Stall bookings call / text 07771 838957 or email Nigel Brown

Would you like to have ago at ringing Hand Bells? Stradbroke has a set of 8 Hand Bells, which have just been completely overhauled and are now waiting to be rung, so do come along to The Community Centre on Tuesday 12th July 2016 at 7pm and have a go. All are welcome, from 13 to 100 years old, as a family or an individual, we would love to see you, however anyone under 16years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For more information phone Graham Johnson on 01379384022 or email - Graham Johnson

Open Farm Sunday Open Farm Sunday, 5th June, Shotford Hall Farm, Harleston, IP20 9QT, 11.00am to 5pm. Free Entry.Visit our mixed farm to discover where and how your food is produced and used and how farmers look after the environment. Ever wondered what it’s like in the seat of a tractor or what technology is involved? How are animals reared and cared for? Come and find out and get close to the machinery, touch the animals and meet the people actively involved in farming. Enjoy a tractor and trailer tour, take a leisurely riverside walk or get busy in the children’s activity barn. Refreshments available. For more information, contact Tim Lewis on 07767 708106

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Forthcoming Events

Parachute Party in aid of hospice Adrenaline junkies are invited to join the Parachute Party this July in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice. The local charity is looking for groups of people to join them and dozens of other supporters to skydive on Saturday 16 July at Beccles Airfield. The hospice is hoping to have a record number of people in St Elizabeth Hospice history jumping - all in one day! Joanne Rodger, St Elizabeth Hospice’s events and challenges fundraiser, said: “This year we are holding our first Parachute Party and we are looking for groups of friends, colleagues and families to enjoy the exhilarating experience of jumping out of a plane 10,000ft above ground – on the same day.” Where possible, groups will be able to go up in the plane together, and skydive one after the other. Each skydiver is asked to pay a £50 deposit and to raise a minimum of £300 for the hospice. Miss Rodger added: “We are hoping to have a record number of people in the hospice’s history jumping on the same day, all in aid of the hospice. “All the money raised from the skydives will go towards improving life for people living with a progressive illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure in East Suffolk. “We already have 15 signed up, but if we have 50 people skydiving, we can raise thousands of pounds which would help make a huge difference to our patients and their families.” For more information and to sign up visit, call 01473 723600 or email Sophie Johnson

Extended weekend hours at Suffolk’s Household Waste Recycling Centres From Wednesday 1 June 2016, the opening hours at Suffolk’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will be changing to offer site users extended hours on Sundays, Bank Holidays, and on a Thursday evening during the summer months, reflecting the times when the sites are most used and needed by residents. The busiest times of the week for these sites are the weekend and bank holidays. The quietest day of the week is consistently a Wednesday. As a result of this, all sites will be closed on a Wednesday. The new opening times for Suffolk’s Household Waste Recycling Centres are as follows: April - September October - March Monday 9am – 5pm Monday 9am – 4pm Tuesday 9am – 5pm Tuesday 9am – 4pm Wednesday Closed* Wednesday Closed Thursday 9am – 5pm (late night opening until 7pm during May - August)* Thursday 9am – 4pm Friday 9am – 5pm Friday 9am – 4pm Saturday 9am – 5pm Saturday 9am – 4pm Sunday 9am – 5pm* Sunday 9am – 4pm *From 1 June 2016 All sites are closed 25, 26 December and 1 January You can recycle a wide range of materials at the Recycling Centres; further details can be found here

Tourist Information News As the name suggests, we provide information, not only for tourists, but for local people too. We work for Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils and part of our role is promoting the Heart of Suffolk as a tourist destination. We can also help local organisations, attractions and businesses to increase their custom and visitors. We have a whole wall of poster space, and can display event fliers in our leaflet racks. We have a board available to publicise any special occasions, and we regularly use Facebook and twitter to share information about our area. There are lots of fantastic events in the area this month; The Suffolk Show 1st & 2nd June, Museum of East Anglian Life Blues Festival on Sat 11th and the Queens 90th Birthday celebrations at St Peter and St Mary’s Church in Stowmarket, from 4th – 12th. Old Newton have their open gardens event on 12th to coincide with the Queens 90th Birthday. Suffolk Open Studios is every weekend in June and includes around 30 Studios and Galleries in the Heart of Suffolk. We sell tickets for fundraising events and concerts, and take bookings for Suffolk’s Year of Walking. Local guided walks are in Mendlesham – 4th, Debenham – 15th, Needham Market- 17th, Gosbeck – 22nd. We are also agents for National Express Coaches and front of house for the Museum of East Anglian Life. If you have an event that could do with some extra publicity, bring us a poster, or pop in to ask about a bigger display on our board. Contact us by phone, 01449 676800 or email, to see what else we could do to help. We are opposite ASDA , just up the hill. Sue Green

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Sports Roundup

Stradbroke Cricket Club As far as the Cricket Club goes, May was a Monthus Horriblis. Three defeats in the first three games of the League season, albeit, two of them in the last over, and a long trek to deepest Essex, just to be dumped out of the National Village Cup. Parodying Shakespeare (my new hobby), Richard III’s observation about “The Summer of our Discontent”, would be accurate if it were not for a genuine enjoyment for the struggle by the players in every game. In the Centenary of the battle of the Somme, it may just be trench humour before facing the inevitable. Inevitability came a step closer with the turmoil surrounding the Junior Section. Lack of qualified coaches, lack of volunteer support, & a general lack of junior cricketers, forced a sudden lockdown. As it stands, there is no Junior training, the Club has withdrawn from the Suffolk Junior Leagues, & those juniors are being integrated into the senior team, where possible. There has been some support & general understanding of our decision. Having lost three coaches in less than 12 months, maybe Junior cricket cannot be supported in the village. We have at least bought a little time to take stock. Apart from all that, everything in the garden is rosy. Michael Hugman

Stradbroke Football Club Our 2 final fixtures of the season were as follows: V Cockfield Drew 2 – 2. V Stonham Aspal A Won 10 – 0. The presentation of awards took place in the Club Room. Players’ POY was Clarke Field. Manager’s POY was James Warren. Most Improved Player was Alastair Bennett and Club Person of the year was D Blain. The AGM is on 1st June at the Community Centre at 8pm, all welcome to come and see how our club runs. Our May Bingo was not too well supported, but raised £37.10 for Club funds. Our next Cash Bingo is on 10th June at the Community Centre. More people needed to boost the prize money. M Ellis

Stradbroke & District Bowls Club We have finally started our matches and are happy to be getting on with the fixtures. Saxmundham League Waveney League Played St Audrey’s LOST Played Thornham Magna WON Played Sax Sports WON Played Diss & District LOST Played Fressingfield LOST Played Laxfield LOST Waveney Cup Played Hoxne LOST The Lea Parker Cup Tournament will be Saturday 11th June at 5pm. This is open to all members. Our first fund-raiser is on Saturday 2nd July from 10.00 – 11.30 am, and if you want to pick up some bargains at our Jumble Sale, we look forward to seeing you. We will also have a stall at the Festifull on Saturday, 25th June. Lily Lofts

Stradbroke White Hart Bowls Club Waveney League Wortham Home Won 82 - 49 Gissing Away Lost 122-36 Pulham Home Lost 49 - 69 Connaught Away Lost 82 - 59 Diss Causeway Away Cup Game Lost 70 - 62 Dickleburgh Away Lost 85 - 48 Mid Suffolk Bedingfield Away Won 61 - 44 Laxfield Away Lost 71 -48 Dennington Away Lost 62 – 52

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News & Views

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Neighbourhood Plan A very big thank you to everyone who has completed and returned their questionnaire. We have had an excellent response from 11-16 year olds and from the middle and older generations but not so many from those aged between 17 and 31. If that’s you or you know of someone in that bracket who has not yet attempted the questionnaire there is still time as we will add any late responses into our data base as they arrive. We now have the very important task of analysing what everyone has to say and we are fortunate to have the advice and guidance of an expert to help steer us through this process so that we can produce a meaningful and relevant draft for everyone in the village to comment on when it is written. Naturally, this will take some time but we want to share information with you as we unpeel facts and figures in our analysis. This we will do through regular updates on the village website – - so do keep looking at that as well as feedback in the Stradbroke Monthly. We shall also have a display on the findings from the questionnaire and announcing the winner of the draw at the Stradbroke Festifull on June 25th and 26th so there is another reason to attend this big event in the village. The first snapshot of your responses is, however, the message that has come through loud and clear how you all have great affection for our village – you think it is a very friendly, lovely and safe place to live and you are keen to maintain that. There are also strong feelings regarding traffic and broadband/mobile phone reception and when we have crunched the data we will share this more thoroughly with you. Finally, we would like to thank all those volunteers outside of the committee who knocked on your doors and delivered the questionnaires so effectively. A mammoth task performed with enthusiasm and success by: Martin and Lesley Allison, Mike Marlow, Jane and Dennis Merritt, Keith Lead, Adeleine, Tori and Carol Darling, Carrie Barnes, Brian Loftus Mark Knight, Pam and Mike Cane, Brian Goffey. Looking forward to sharing our findings with you. Gillian Rennie-Dunkerley (Chair of NP Committee)

How To Make Your Pension Go Further We are all living longer than we have before. This is great news, but the age of retirement has not really changed, so people are having to make their pensions and savings go further in later life. Here are some tips on how to help to make your money go further: *Save money on energy bills - Check with your current supplier and see if you could go on a cheaper tariff, or if they’re able to fix their prices. Many energy suppliers offer a discount if you pay by direct debit each month, you could also make a saving by switching to paperless billing and managing your account online. *Claim the right benefits -There are a number of benefits that you may be eligible for in your retirement, including Pension Credit, Winter Fuel Payment, and Cold Weather Payment. *Pension Credit - Is an income-related benefit made up of 2 parts – 1. Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit. Guarantee Credit tops up your weekly income if it’s below £151.20 (for single people) or £230.85 (for couples). 2. Savings Credit is an extra payment for people who saved some money towards their retirement, eg a pension. *Winter Fuel Payment - You could get between £100 and £300 tax-free to help pay your heating bills if you were born on or before 5 January 1953. Most payments are made automatically between November and December. You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you get the State Pension or another social security. If you qualify but don’t get paid automatically, you’ll need to make a claim. *Cold Weather Payment - If you’re getting certain benefits you’ll get a payment if the temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees celsius or below for 7 consecutive days. You’ll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March. *Save money on travel costs -In England you can get a bus pass for free travel when you reach the female State Pension age, whether you’re a man or a woman. *Apply for a concessionary TV licence -Once you or someone you live with are over 74 you are eligible to apply for the over 75 free licence for your household. *Shop wisely – Plan the meals for the week this will help to reduce waste and ensure you buy what you need and are not impulse buying. Also make use of the freezer, cook food in batches that can be frozen and used later. Freeze everyday foods like milk and bread so that can be used when needed and will reduce waste. All these tips can all add up to make savings. Claire Bewley is a Director at My Care at Home based in Stowmarket Tel: 01449 763086

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With summer finally here, albeit in a rather changeable way, it’s time for me to fill up the empty spaces on my allotment. And the annual debate about whether to buy seeds or plants. Growing from seed seems more exciting, though with some of the newer varieties costing several pounds a packet, it is not always a cheap option. Consider splitting packs with a gardening friend as many packs have more seeds of one variety than a normal garden would need. And avoid losing your precious seeds to Damping off. This is the annoying fungal damage that causes seedlings to suddenly collapse and die. Several soil borne fungi can be the culprits. Damping off is most common in high humidity, if seeds are to thickly grown so airflow is impeded, and if dirty seed trays or equipment are used. Traditionally copper based fungicides were used to prevent damping off. These are no longer available, so cultural controls are necessary to reduce its incidence. Buy clean bagged seed compost, clean all your pots and trays before reuse with a mild disinfection. Sow seeds thinly and water with clean tap water not rainwater .And if the humidity gets high ventilate by opening windows. For myself a lack of time and no windowsills in the new cottage mean that I will probably choose the plant option, except for salad crops. Hopefully by the time you are reading this my plot will be full and everything growing like crazy. Happy Gardening. Gill Palmer We now officially have a waiting list for the allotments if you require a half or whole plot. If you would like to put your name down please contact me. We do however have a few raised beds available. It is amazing how much you can grow in them if you do the square foot gardening method. The soil in these beds are very good for carrots, producing the best carrots I have ever grown last year. Others have grown cabbages, herbs and salad vegetables with great success as well. Why not give it a try? Helen Pleasance

Play Park Project Update! Calling all Mums, Dads, Nannies, Grandads and of course their children and grandchildren! We are now at the funding stage of the play park project, The working group of the council, who were put together to spearhead the project, are now exploring different grant and charity funds that we can apply for funding through. In order to have as big an impact as possible with the improvements, we need to raise as much money as possible. We would like to set up a village fundraising team, led by Ellie Wharton from the Parish Council, to work on ideas, planning and the running of community fundraising events. We really would like to have within this group a good age range of Stradbroke residents and most importantly input from the children. If this would interest you or a family member please get in touch with Ellie on or contact us through Stradbroke on line. Many Thanks, Ellie, Ollie & Don

Letters to the Editors Joyce and Roy Lee would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent cards, flowers, and made generous contributions to Macmllian Cancer Care in celebration of their 60th Diamond Wedding Anniversary on April 28th.Which cumulated in the party held in the Community Center on Saturday 30th which included family members, friends and neighbors. We thank Monica for the catering, David and Dennis for the bar, Kim Peachey and Alan Brett for the music , all of you contributed to a very memorable night.We have received confirmation from Macmillan Cancer Care that a total of ÂŁ660 has been donated thus far.Very many thanks for your kindness and generosity. Joyce and Roy The family and I would like to thank our many friends in Stradbroke for their cards and sympathy on the loss of Joyce Chatham. A very big thank you to Carol Darling, Moyra Gibbling and June Hampson for the beautiful flower arrangements in church and especially to Reverend Susan for a lovely service. Alison Hackett

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Forthcoming events

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Stradisphere Award Nominated Stradisphere is now preparing for a third year of premium festival entertainment. Hosting more than 20 acts over Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July, with a selection of Europe’s best tribute acts headlining including Bon Jovi, Oasis, Sting & The Police and Madness & The Specials. It also hosts local acts from East Anglia including Walkway, Bootleg Boss (Bruce Springsteen) and The Signs to name a few. As well as a fantastic range of musical talent, there will also be some wonderful food and trade stalls available along with rides and inflatables for all ages. Designed for all genres and for all generations with a great reputation for its quality in music and professional look. 2016 sees Stradisphere pull out all the stops with a bigger stage, more tribute acts and activities to keep everyone entertained through the weekend, but the fun does not stop there! Keep your eyes peeled for this year’s new additions. Local residents can be re-assured that just like last year, we endeavor to keep all disturbance to a minimum whilst allowing people to enjoy the weekend. Tickets are selling quicker than they have in previous years and we are fully expecting to sell out, so buy now to avoid disappointment! Tickets are available online at or in Stradbroke at the Spar shop and Library. Alternatively tickets can be purchased from Michael Hugman or Brett & Jo Baber. Ticket Prices in advance: ** Early Bird Weekender £25 ** (Limited Availability) Friday Night £12 Saturday All Day £20 Saturday Night (after 5pm) £12 Jo Baber

Borderhoppa Community Transport New Bus Club Lottery. The New Bus Club Lottery was established to help Borderhoppa replace older vehicles coming to the end of their useful life. New Bus Club Lottery is open to everyone aged 16 or over. Each lottery number costs £2.00 per month and participants can purchase any amount of numbers each costing £2.00 per month. The lottery draw takes place on the last Friday of each month and all winners are notified by post. If you would like to support your local community transport service and join the New Bus Club Lottery application forms are available to download from our website, from our drivers or by calling us on 01379 854800. Carole Tilston

Please send all articles to The Stradbroke Monthly team encourages readers to submit letters to the Editor expressing their opinions, comments or insights regarding any of the material that appears in the magazine. The team will publish letters that reflect the diversity of opinions of our readers, but cannot publish all letters received. The Editor retains the right to edit published letters for clarity and length. Letters should include the writer's name and be clearly marked ‘FOR PUBLICATION’. The advertising contact for new and existing adverts is for all your advertising enquiries. Submission Guidelines can be downloaded from Handwritten Submission? Articles can also be left in the library and will be collected at 10am on the Saturday after the final submission date. However, it makes our job much easier and more accurate if articles can be submitted via email. If you do not have access to email you can use the computer in the library and the librarian will happily help you to submit your article.

Go to and sign up and we will send you an email to tell when the new edition is up online! June 1st Football Club AGM (see page 22) 1st Radio Stradbroke’s DJ Wally on air 8 – 10pm (see page 12) 2nd Over 60s meet in Community Centre, 2 – 4pm (see page 14) 3rd Babies & Toddlers Rhymetime at Stradbroke Library at 10.30am and every Friday 4th Phoenix Singers sing Handel’s Coronation Anthems (see page 14) 4th – 6th Open Garden in Rushall in aid of N&N University Hospital 5th Open Farm Sunday at Shotford Hall (see page 18) 5th Open Gardens at Bramfield Hall, 2 – 5pm (see page 18) 7th Contact Club meet in Community Centre, 10.30 – 1.30pm, and every Tuesday 8th Radio Stradbroke’s DJ Richard Pierce on air 8 – 10pm (see page 12) 8th Baptist Church Cameo lunch (see page 3) 9th WI meeting in Community Centre (see page 9) 10th Stradbroke FC Cash Bingo (see page 22) 11th Car boot/table top sale Stradbroke High School (see page 17) 11th Car Boot sale in Horham at 11 am (see page 18) 11th Suffolk Libraries present ‘Billy Elliot the Musical LIVE’ (see front page) 11th – 13th Flower Festival to celebrate Queen’s 90th Birthday (see page 4) 12th Summer walk to Brundish leaving Community Centre at 10.30 am (see page 18) 12th Tea & Toast at the Community Centre (see page 4) 13th Parish Council meeting at Community Centre (see page 6) 14th SNAP Drop in - Court House 2-4pm (see page 14) 15th Radio Stradbroke’s First Lady Kimberley on air 8 – 10pm (see page 12) 16th Over 60s meet in Community Centre, 2 – 4pm (see page 14) 16th Stradbroke Cinema presents Dad’s Army (see page 14) 17th ***Deadline for articles for the July/August edition strictly by this date*** 22nd Baptist Church Drop in for coffee (see page 3) 22nd Radio Stradbroke’s DJ Dave on air 8 – 10pm (see page 12) 25th – 26th Festifull (see front page) 25th Wingfield & District Gardening Club visit to gardens (see page 12) 26th Public Open Day Red Feather Club (see page 17) 29th Radio Stradbroke’s DJ Huggy on air 8 – 10pm (see page 12) July 2nd Stradbroke & District Bowls Club Jumble Sale in Community Centre (see page 22) 2nd Red Feather Club 1950s dance, Horham (see page 17) 2nd – 3rd Heveningham Hall Country Fair (see page 17) 3rd Red Feather Club Americana Day, Horham (see page 17) 4th Open Café Games Night at Court House, 7 – 9pm (see page 14) 8th - 9th Stradisphere (see page 31) 12th Try Hand Bell ringing at Community Centre at 7pm (see page 18) 13th FOASS AGM in Webb Room at Community Centre at 7.30 pm (see page 17) 16th Skydiving in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice (see page 20) 21st Stradbroke Cinema presents ‘Room’ 23rd Village Show (see page 4 and 17) 31st Longer summer walk (20 miles) leaving from Community Centre at 9am (see page 18) 31st Court House Café Summer Barbecue, 1 – 5 pm (see page 14) 31st Public Open Day Red Feather Club (see page 17)

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