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November 2013 No.397

Stradbroke Community First Responders Needs YOU! We are urgently seeking new recruits to join our team of volunteers to respond to emergency calls in Stradbroke & surrounding villages on behalf of East Anglian Ambulance Service, to administer first aid & provide care until an ambulance arrives. Anyone can become a Community First Responder (CFR) but you must be physically fit, have a full driving licence, use of a car, agree to a CRB check and have a caring nature! Full training will be given, which includes basic life support, the use of a defibrillator and oxygen.

If you can spare a few hours a day/week/month to join our team, or would like to find out more about the role of a Community First Responder (CFR), please contact Maria Smith on 01379 388669, Rita Chilvers on 01379 388377 or Julia Green on 01379 388855. Maria Smith


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Local Churches Stradbroke Baptist Church Stradbroke Baptist Church, Laxfield Road Stradbroke, Suffolk

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A place of new beginnings. We welcome you to join us.

November Diary Sunday Services each week at 10.15 am Speakers: 3rd D. Willson

10th J. Ling

17th M. Caplin

24th N. Tharby

Remembrance Sunday 10th November. Remembrance Sunday 10th November. Meet at the War Memorial at 10:50am followed by ‘Remembrance Day’ service at the Baptist Church with guest speaker Rev. G. Lee. We welcome you to join us --- our activities for November: Praying together Monday 4nth 7:30pm Youth Club Friday 8th 7:30pm 12 noon Cameo Lunch Club Wednesday 13th Youth Club Friday 22nd 7:30pm 10 – 11:30am Drop in for coffee Wednesday 27th To Stradbroke – from Ukraine Zozulenka Experience the culture and excitement of Ukraine through the singing and dancing of Zozulenka. Returning to Stradbroke and performing at the Baptist Church on Wednesday 13th November at 1:15pm. This visit continues to develop the friendship between Stradbroke and Ukraine. Jackie has been to Ukraine twice, our Church is now twinned with a Christian Fellowship in Borovytsia . It is also expected that the Primary School will shortly be twinned with a school also in Borovytsia. Everyone is welcomed to this special performance. Zozulenka are students of a specialist drama school touring the UK on behalf of the Christian Charity ‘Hope Now’ - an offering will be taken for the charity. Last year after performing at the Church the group also visited the Primary School where their enthusiastic singing and dancing were well appreciated and applauded. Sadly due to time restraints only one performance is possible in the village this year. To compensate one class from school will join us for the afternoon performance, as will regular members of Cameo Lunch Club who will meet earlier than usual at 12noon in readiness for the 1:15pm performance. Others are invited to come along at 1:15pm. Yes! I know you don’t wish to be reminded ‘ Christmas is coming’. But book this date: WHAT Carol Service with the Diss Salvation Army WHEN Friday 13th December WHERE Stradbroke Community Centre WHO For everyone, all invited WHY To sing. To celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ For further details please contact: John 388751 Jackie 384112

Stradbroke Good Neighbours Our telephone number is 07749445531 :- can we help you ? Need someone to check your smoke alarm? Need a lift to the surgery? Need a prescription collected? Need a light bulb changed? Need an odd job done ? With ever increasing fuel prices we have revised our journey charges and will inform anyone phoning for a lift the cost of their journey. We would appreciate at least 24 hrs notice and look forward to being of service. If you are new to the village there is a Good Neighbour Welcome Booklet that could provide useful information. If you would like one please contact :07749445531


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Local Churches

All Saints, Stradbroke

3rd November 10th November 17th November 24th November 1st December

Village service Act of Remembrance Parish Communion Holy Communion BCP Tea & cake Informal service Village Gift service

11.00 am Followed by Coffee/Tea 10.50 am At the War Memorial 11.00 am Followed by Coffee/Tea 8.00 am from 4.40 pm 5.00 pm 11.00am

For Salvation Army Christmas Gift Appeal – unwrapped gifts please Followed by Coffee/Tea

Rev 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 Rev Susan.

All Saints Church Fund Raising Committee The Harvest Supper was enjoyed by about 40 people making a profit of £140.05. The evening with a Ploughmans, when Peter Knight painted a sunset and told of his life, this was poorly supported, despite being advertised, making only £30.18. A pity, as it was lovely evening. Tuesday November 12th, we are holding a Pampered Chef evening with Christmas Cookery with a finger buffet. Tickets are £6 so please try and come, at this we shall have our Christmas Hamper tickets for sale which will be drawn out at our Christmas Coffee Morning on November 23rd 10 – 11.30am in the Community Centre with various stalls. So, come and buy some of your presents for Christmas. On 7th December we are holding our Christmas Cake stall in Church Street. Any items to either Janet Chambers or myself. Thanks must go to the committee who do so much with organising these events also with Raffle Prizes. Come and give them the support they deserve. P.S. We shall be compiling next years events, any new ideas always welcome. Mary Ellis As Church Treasurer, I would like to thank Andrew Hugman and Harry Eriera for raising £370 in the Churches Historic Cycle Ride. Well done and many, many thanks. Also, a Thank You to all who support the Church with covenants and through the envelope scheme. New people always welcome to support the Church in this way. Mary Ellis

A Message from Rev Susan Dear Friends & Neighbours, I hope you enjoyed the prolonged sunshine as much as I did - even if it was often through a window! November is of course the month of remembering; remembering Guy Fawkes plot with bonfires and fireworks, remembering loved ones who have died perhaps by lighting a candle and of course we remember all those who gave their lives and those who were injured in the two world wars, and conflicts and wars ever since - we do this by wearing a poppy and coming together to remember in silence. But remembering past conflict is not enough, we need instead to commit ourselves to peace and reconciliation. We may not have the ear of governments but we do have the ear of God, so we can pray. We need to remember "Things great have small beginnings. Every downpour is just a raindrop; every fire is just a spark; every harvest is just a seed; every journey is just a step because without that step there will be no journey; without that raindrop there can be no shower; without that seed there can be no harvest." [William Wilberforce] So let us not be overwhelmed by sadness or pain but seek to do what we can to bring reconciliation and justice no matter how small our effort seems to be. As I was preparing for the remembrance services this year, I was struck by this act of commitment, maybe this is something you can say amen (so be it) to: To remember the past is to commit ourselves to the future. To remember war is to commit ourselves to peace. To remember violence and tyranny is to commit ourselves to love. Let us promise to strive for peace in our world starting in our hearts and in our homes. Let us promise to build peace into our community, our neighbourhood, our country and our world. Amen. Take care and God bless, Susan


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Stradbroke Parish Council

The Parish Pump!

Next meeting of the Parish Council

MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 14 October 2013 No matters were brought to the attention of the Council in the time set aside for the Public 11th November Forum. 2 members of the public attended the meeting. Community Centre PLANNING: 2752/13 erection of pitched roof two storey garaging/outbuilding. Demolish existing following completion of proposed The Oaks, Laxfield Road Concerns were raised about the design, layout and size of the proposal and it was agreed to respond to the above application with comments only and a request for a tie to be put on the property in the event of approval being granted 2261/13 erection of workshop & material & site position changes to already approved extension Ash Lodge, Ash Plough 2873/13 erection of single storey extension to garage. Erection of extension to front porch Turtle Dove Cottage, 4 Priory Close Unanimous approval was recommended for the two applications above. Results of planning applications considered by MSDC since the PC last met: Planning approval granted for: 1691/13 replacement of decayed sole plate and repairs to existing walls 2623/13 1 sycamore fell 2306/13 erection of two storey rear extension

2 The Cottage, Queen Street 2 Woodfields Thornlea, Pixey Green

Other Planning Matters: Letter received from Steve Lee concerning the name for his development on the site of Chantala on Wilby Road. It was unanimously agreed that the name ‘Carters Close’ be supported. OTHER BUSINESS: CAR PARK RESURFACING: the new surface was a great improvement and the re-instated speed humps had been observed to be a good speed deterrent. SPEEDWATCH: all systems go!! We now await the funding for the various pieces of required equipment. NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANS: you may have heard or read about this topic in the media. The Parish Council is looking into the viability of a plan for the village. POLICE NEWS: there had been no reported crimes in the village since the September meeting. PCOS Martin’s report advised on vehicle crime and how you can protect yourself: NEVER leave valuables in your car – cash, credit cards, chequebook, vehicle documents, phones, ipads, laptops etc – or on view; wipe the SatNav marks from the windscreen; consider anti-tamper screws for number plates. NEVER leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front or back doorClose and lock doors, windows and sunroof when the car is unattended; park with care, particularly at night Never leave the keys in the ignition or door – even for a second- treat as cash/credit cards. When buying a used car ask for proof of the seller’s identity; make sure the vehicle’s VIN matches that on the registration document; NEVER let the seller bring the car to you or buy a car with altered or no documentation. If in doubt check it out – with the AA or RAC or check the car’s history and second-hand status by calling Equifax HPI on 01722 422 422 and if you need advice ask the Safer Neighbourhood Team HEALTHWALKS: information on the new series of walks is available from the Clerk MICROCHIPPING FOR DOGS: this is to become mandatory from April 2016 but the Dogs Trust is prepared to undertake this for FREE. If there is sufficient interest in the village the Parish Council will do its best to have the representatives from the Dogs Trust come to the village for a microchipping event. If you are interested please contact the Clerk as soon as possible. CONTACT NUMBERS: If there is an emergency continue to dial 999 but if you just wish to report an incident or seek advice please use 101. FINAL THOUGHT: We are now into autumn…season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and bonfires! Please show consideration for your neighbours when you come to light a fire. Think about the time, wind conditions, other people’s laundry and perhaps have a word with the neighbours to warn them - before you light up! The next meeting of the Parish Council: 11 November 2013 at 7.30pm Clerk to the Parish Council: Carol A Smy tel: 01379 384679 email: clerkspc@thesmys.com **please make non-emergency calls to the Clerk between 0830 and 1800hrs Monday to Friday only**


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Organisations

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Life in the Legion Eighteen members and guests attended the October meeting when the speaker was Lt.Gen. Sir Christopher Wallace KCB, DL, on anniversaries to be noted in 2014. This was his fifth visit to us from his home in Hampshire, and Roger Gwynn gave the vote of thanks. After the Tribute, Peter Chetwynd, the new Poppy Appeal Organiser for Wilby and Stradbroke, was welcomed to the meeting. Treasurer Bernard Mills gave his monthly report, as did Joyce Cooper who took the branch standard to four events recently, and attended a County meeting at Stowmarket. Bernard Mills, John Graham and David Streeter represented the Branch at the Memorial Service held at Framlingham College Chapel for Maj.Gen Jack Dye CBE, MC, DL, a former county president. I recently presented an RBL engraved shield to 1070 Diss ATC Squadron for services to our branch. Our next meeting is the AGM, on Thursday, 14th November. Members, please attend, and bring a prize for the Draw for the Poppy Appeal. Remembrance Sunday is the 10th November, when we assemble at the War Memorial at 10.50 am for the Two Minutes Silence, and then go to the Baptist Church for the Service. We hope that many will be present with us that morning, and we will also be at the War Memorial the next day, on 11th November at 11.00 am to remember the Armistice. Michael Burton, Branch Chairman

W.I With a request from our speaker, who had endured a very stressful journey in order to reach us, we started the evening by reversing our normal procedure. Thus listening to our speaker first and ending the evening with the business section. It was with great pleasure that we welcomed Pauline Baker to start our meeting, with her talk ‘Frock Horror’. Pauline talked to us about her life in costume design, creation and wardrobe, in theatre and television. Bright and bubbly as you might expect, she condensed her working life into a brilliant 45 minute talk, illustrated by projected photographs. She told us of her life at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, where her first job after finishing a three year design course, was to design and make a full length flowing gold lame cloak for the principal lead. She soon realised that in the theatre budgets had to be kept, and that instead of the very expensive lame that she had used for the cloak, she could and should have purchased a cheaper fabric, which to the audience would have looked just as good. A lesson learned. Inevitably after a very happy time at Covent Garden she left and joined the BBC. There she worked as a dresser on Dixon of Dock Green, an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and many more famous series. After a break in her career for marriage and a family she returned to her work as a freelancer working on numerous films and TV series. She intrigued us with tales of behind the scenes, tricks of the trade, and one of her favourite jobs, that of breaking down clothes. This entailed new clothes being made to look old, worn and shabby. It was all very fascinating, enlightening, and most enjoyable. Vicki Batley gave a warm vote of thanks. After refreshments and the business of the evening we closed the meeting on a happy note with Vera Dowsett being surprised by a win on the SEFWI monthly draw. Stop Press: The Sue Boon-Willett Memorial Lunch on Saturday 9th November,12 noon for 12.30. Last few tickets remaining. Available from Dorothy 388499, June 388009, Pauline 853809. Gill Bird

Friends of All Saints Saturday, November 23rd, at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre. Entrance is £5, pay at the door. Berlin: Walking through History The recent history of Berlin has indeed been remarkable. It has seen the rise of the Nazis, catastrophic air raids, invasion by the Russians and the division into the West and East Zones of Occupation. In 1948 there was an attempt by the Russians to cut it off from contact with the West. For a while, it looked as if Berlin might be the trigger that started World War III! That disaster was avoided, and what followed was an uneasy peace which we now know as the 'Cold War'. In 1962, to prevent their citizens escaping to the West, the East Germans built a wall right round West Berlin. In 1989 came the dramatic events of the Fall of the Wall, the collapse of the Eastern Bloc and even the Soviet Union itself broke up. More recently came too the establishment of the line of the wall as a public memorial and a footpath through the city, offering a unique and interesting way to access all parts of the new Berlin, now a huge building and reconstruction site. Gerald Jenkins set out along this path and across the city with his camera earlier this year. We hope that you will find this story of Berlin from 1933 to the present day an interesting one. Margaret Streeter (Press Officer)

Lottery Bonus Winners 9 Ann Boast, 31 Carolyn Mayhew, 38 Carolyn Mayhew, 35 Dorothy Richards, 15 Derek Richards. £48 donated to Community Centre, £48 donated to Football Club, £24 donated to Stradbroke Church. Mary Ellis


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Organisations

Stradbroke High School STRADBROKE HIGH SCHOOL - OFSTED Andrew Bloom, Headteacher at Stradbroke High School was delighted with the recently published OFSTED report. The school received a judgement of good, with many positive comments, which included: “This is a good school” and “This is a rapidly improving school”. The report is a fair reflection of where the school is at this moment in time - on the journey to Outstanding. Ofsted recently raised the bar and the challenge involved to gain ‘good’ Ofsted grades should not be underestimated’. Mr Bloom said that he feels privileged to work in a school with such a talented, hard working team of staff and excellent pupils. He would like to thank all parents and carers for their continuing support and the governing body who commit so much of their time to the school. Mr Bloom gave his assurance that the school will continue to seek improvement in all elements of their work, not just those aspects highlighted by the inspection team. Extracts from the report included: “Results are above average”, “Most teaching is good and some is outstanding”, “The school is a friendly place where students feel highly valued as part of the community”, “Very good behaviour and improved attendance reflect that the school is a happy place”, “Very positive relationships between teachers and students enable learning to proceed at a good pace”, “Behaviour around school, in corridors, at lunchtime and at the end of the day is very good”, “GCSE results have risen sharply this year”. Stradbroke High School, Press Office

Forthcoming events Friends of Stradbroke High School Scrap metal collection On Saturday 9th November, another SCRAP METAL collection day is planned. Please gather together your scrap metal for collection on the day. If you want to book a collection, please call 01379 384387.

Fun Quiz On Friday 29th November at 7pm, a "Beat the Teacher" Quiz Night is planned at the High School. Everyone is welcome to attend – teams of four. If you wish to book a table call 01379 384387, or just turn up on the night. A fun evening for the whole family! Friends of Stradbroke High School (FOSH)

Charity Cake Stall A Charity Cake Stall in aid of The Colostomy Association will be held on Saturday 23rd November at Church Plain, Laxfield 10am – 12 noon. Please support me and come along & buy some homemade cakes, sausage rolls, Xmas cakes, crumbles, biscuits, & other delicious home baked treats & help this much needed charity. There will also be a Raffle with fabulous prizes. In the event of unforgiving weather, the stall will be in the Church porch! Call Caroline on 798422 for further info.


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Organisations

Stradbroke Guides CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING Thursday 7th November 7pm – 9pm, Stradbroke Community Centre Fund raising for Stradbroke Guides An excellent opportunity to purchase unusual and special gifts not to be found on the High Street. Over 20 stalls selling a wide variety of affordable unique items. Handcrafted cards, jewellery, decorations, wreaths, scraves, gloves, bags, toys, quilts, purses, makeup bags, aprons, ornaments, fashion accessories in vintage fabrics, cushions and home textiles. Baby gifts, general gifts and items for the home, personalised pens, fudge and sweets. Body Shop, Phoenix Cards, children’s books & toys. Affordable stocking fillers, beauty and health products, nail art and much more! Raffle and refreshments. A great evening out for the whole family! For more information or to book a stall contact: Wendy.sayer@btinternet.com 01986 798124

Wingfield and District Gardening Club Our September meeting gave us lots of insight into the growing of Clematis. The talk given by Peter SkeggsGooch, who also brought examples, stressed the importance of planting them deeply enough, 2-3 inches and covering the leaf joint. He suggested supports including trees and pots that were suitable, and in Spring, light pruning after flowering or hard pruning for the large flowered ones and the herbacious ones should be pruned hard rather late. We look forward to a talk by Matt Tanton Brown on 28th November on “Plants for a Fragrant Garden” this will be at Brundish Village Hall, 7.30pm on 28th November. For further information contact Caroline – 01379 384674

Christmas Trees At Town Farm (on the main road between Wilby and Brundish) we have some home grown Christmas trees available. They are of varying height and will be priced between £30 - £50. All you need to do is ring us, come and choose your tree, pay for it and we will cut and deliver it fresh for you locally, free of charge, the weekend of December 14th/15th. Out of the proceeds 25% will go to St Mary's Wilby, St Lawrence's Brundish, or All Saints Stradbroke, you choose and we will send. Easy! Give Steve or Sally Lee a call on 01379 388653. Steve Lee

Windfall apples for sale for charity With Spar closed, I have noticed less people are passing, which is a shame because it is a bumper year for apples. As I have done in previous years, I have an apple stall at the end of my drive at Hazeldene in Church Street. You can get 3lbs of apples for just 50p. All proceeds go to MacMillan Cancer Relief. Currently I have local eaters for sale ‘Lady Henniker’. Soon there will be ‘Howgate Wonder’, a large cooker cum eater, and some ‘Red Spartan’ eaters, ideal for Christmas, then ‘Bramley’ cookers. They are all organic. Call by, help a worthy cause. Thank you. Michael Hugman


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Forthcoming Events

Stradbroke Cinema On Thursday, 21st. November, we are showing “Song for Marion”. Admission is £5.50 at 7.00 for 7.30 pm. The Bar will be open, and ice-creams on sale in the interval. Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) is volunteer conductor of a motley crew of fun-loving pensioners at Smith Hall Community Centre, who perform under the name of the OAPZ. Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) is one of the most popular and beloved members of the choir. She is battling terminal illness with the help of her cranky husband, Arthur (Terence Stamp), who would prefer his wife to give up singing so she can concentrate on getting better. The OAPZ are preparing for a singing competition and Marion is earmarked for a rousing solo. A warm, comedic drama that tugs at the heartstrings, there's plenty to like about Paul Andrew Williams’ movie about personal triumph and reconciliation. A very down-to-earth film that draws top performances from its cast and will be fondly remembered as one of 2013’s best offerings. Margaret Streeter

An evening of Line Dancing Fun!! Eye Community Centre on Friday 29th November from 8pm. Tickets on the door, £4.50. Raffle and bar. All proceeds to Eye Opportunity Group, supporting families with children who have additional needs. For more information, please contact Eye Opportunity Group on 01379 870975. Faye Castle

White Hart Bowls Club quiz Friday 22nd November 7.30pm in the Community Centre Stradbroke to raise funds for White Hart Bowls Club. Teams of 4 people £5.00 per head to include seasonal refreshments at half time. Prize for Best Festive Name. Telephone Julie Ward 01379 388145 or Lynn Ruth 01379 384484 to book a table. Julie Ward

Stradbroke Youth Football Club Christmas Party Family Christmas Party! Sunday 8th December 4-7pm, at Stradbroke Community Centre. Everyone welcome. Enjoy an evening of Christmas fun and entertainment! Games, Raffle, Father Christmas, Disco, Food and Drink. Family Ticket (2 Adults 3 Children) - £12 can be bought in advance. On the door it will be £15. All other tickets: Adults £4 Children U16 £2. Tickets can be Purchased from Tracey Kellett (01986 785 514). Tracey Kellett

Eye Bach Choir Magnificat! A concert of settings of the magnificat from medieval times to the present day. Eye Bach Choir with Ian Le Grice (organ) and Hannah Mayhew (Soprano). Conductor Leslie Olive. 7 December 2013 at 7.30pm in Eye Parish Church. Tickets are £12 (reserved) and £10 (unreserved) and are available from Eye Pharmacy, by email (eyebachchoir@aol.co.uk), by telephone (01728 747371) or at the door. Elizabeth Medvei

Wilby School Christmas Fair We will be holding our annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 30th November 11.30am -2pm, please come and join us for some mulled wine and a mince pie, there will be lots of stalls for all ages. All proceeds will go to the school. Theresa Samson

Brockdish Players Pantomime Our Pantomime this year is 'Treasure Island' which will be taking place in Brockdish village hall on Friday, 13th December, evening performance, Saturday, 14th December, matinee and evening performances. Sunday, 15th December, matinee. We can promise you a very entertaining time, with an experienced cast, for further information and tickets, please contact Mrs Chapman, 01379 668419. Lily Lofts


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Forthcoming Events

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Radio Stradbroke As the clocks go back, Radio Stradbroke bring their shows forward. Gone is 'Monthly Music Night', a warm welcome back to the 'Sunday Sessions', illuminating those winter mornings. Novembers offerings are as follows: 3rd November 'Dance Into Winter' with DJ RP-S. 3 hours of dance, trance, & maybe romance, as Richard welcomes the advance of winter, as only he can. 10th November 'Huggy’s Tour of America' Does exactly what it says on the tin. Every song DJ Huggy plays will contain a US place name in its title. 17th November 'Space Rocks' with DJ Wes. Making a long overdue flying visit to broadcast live. Don't know what he is playing, but it will be 'out of this world'. 24th November 'Six Decades of Pop' with DJ Kimberley. Knowledge can come without age as the 1st Lady plots her way through the whole history of pop music. I can hardly wait, so I can't imagine how excited you must be. All shows run from 10am to 1pm. Log on to www.stradbroke.org.uk . Keep supporting your community radio station. Michael Hugman

Prize Bingo for Christmas Friday 29th November 7.30pm Stradbroke Community Centre to raise funds for White Hart Bowls Club. Many excellent prizes, raffle, refreshments plus a Christmas Hamper. Julie Ward

Letters To the Editor A big thank you to all who supported my coffee morning on Friday 27th September and all those who donated money cakes and other gifts for the draw and tombola. We made a grand total of £360.05.Thanks goes to those who manned the stalls and also to my coffeemaker and washer upper! Lynn Clarke, Marlbeck Cottage Charles Coe would like to thank all his friends and family who were kind enough to visit him whilst he was in both Ipswich and Colchester hospitals. He is now home and recovering nicely. Special thanks to neighbours Rosie, Eric, David and Peter. Thank you also to John. Charles Coe May I, through the magazine, thank all the lovely people who sent me their good wishes and get well cards after my recent hip operation. Their kind words gave me such a boost, and I am happy to report that I am making a good and steady recovery. Once again thank you all so much for your good wishes. Love to everyone Joyce Lee I would like to say thank you on behalf of my family and I, for the messages of sympathy, received on the untimely death of Robert. Thank you. Diane Larter and family I would like to thank everyone who donated to Sue Willett's Church Service on the 5th August. The full collection was just over £1000 and has been forwarded to the “Lioness Cubs Orphanage” in Mombasa. Once again, many thanks. Ron Willett Thank you to everyone who came to the funeral for Roy Noble in the church on 16 Oct, he would have been so pleased to have seen everyone there and it was a lovely send off reflecting his long life in Stradbroke. Thank you also for all the cards and words of comfort, they were much appreciated. Molly and family


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News & Views

Harleston special attractions Harleston may be a small town but it has big ambitions and is determined to buck the trend of failing High Streets. The latest manifestation of this is a new Harleston Shop Guide, which spotlights fifty five independent businesses offering everything from antiques and auto parts to Zumba classes and Zanussi dishwashers. ‘The point we are trying to make’ comments Sue Smith of ‘Home Comforts’, who co-ordinated the guide with her colleagues Rachel Smith and Cindy Debenham, ‘is that people don’t have to trek to Norwich or Ipswich to get what they want, it’s all here in Harleston. Unlike buying on-line you can see the quality of an item, get advice from experienced staff and have an enjoyable experience. I think that is worth a lot.’ The team from ‘Home Comforts’ got a lot of support from the local shopkeepers and other businesses. The guide was designed for free by Carly Newton and Kieran Robinson from Pen & Paper as a gesture of goodwill. ‘Harleston has a special appeal because it has more independent shops than any other Norfolk market town. And it still has free parking’ adds Meryl Harding of local chocolatier’s Just Truffles, and chair of the newly established Harleston events sub-committee, part of the ‘Harleston’s Future’ partnership and the town’s new Town Team. ‘Add to that the 200+ listed historic buildings, a lively weekly Wednesday market, monthly Farmers’ Market and masses of great cafes, pubs and restaurants – and what is there not to love about the place?’ In the wake of a recent packed town meeting to consider how to ensure Harleston’s continuing prosperity, four new working groups have been set up to move things forward under the banner of ‘Harleston’s Future’.Chairman Paul Stephen commented ‘There are such exciting plans for the town being developed. We want to exploit the strengths of Harleston. We want to help businesses to thrive, ensure visitors have a really good experience and local residents feel part of a happy and lively community.’ ‘Harleston’s Future’ is a partnership project, run by the Harleston Town Team, to ensure the continued prosperity and well-being of Harleston, for the benefit of local businesses, the local economy, residents and visitors. Find us on Facebook or @HarlestonFuture on Twitter. Copies of the Harleston Shopping Guide are available from ‘Home Comforts’ – 01379 853419. Paul Stephen

Age UK Suffolk – new service guide Age UK Suffolk has launched its latest edition of its service guide. It together all the services currently provided by Age UK Suffolk in the county. The latest edition of the guide, “Our Services” has a new and completely refreshed look about it. The guide presents clearly the wide range of support and services that Age UK Suffolk delivers to help support older people, their families and friends. If anyone wishes to receive a service guide from Age UK Suffolk, please contact: 01473 359911 and a copy can be sent in the post. The guide can also be accessed online at, http://www.ageuk.org.uk/suffolk/ . “Grow Your Tenner” 2013 – Donate to Age UK Suffolk The half a million pound, “Grow Your Tenner” campaign is being run for a second year by The Suffolk Foundation via www.localgiving.com . The campaign provides additional support to local charities including Age UK Suffolk, an independent local charity, registered on the localgiving.com site. Ed Westgarth

The High Sheriff's 2014 Awards The High Sheriff of Suffolk, Sir Edward Greenwell, has launched the sixth High Sheriff’s Awards for 2014 and is calling for voluntary groups and individuals to submit their entries for the annual community awards. The highly coveted High Sheriff’s Awards are designed to showcase and recognise the vibrant volunteering culture that is alive in Suffolk, and hopefully inspire others, making Suffolk a better, safer county for us all to live in. The Award categories are: Suffolk Volunteer of the Year Suffolk Under 25 Young Volunteer of the Year Suffolk Lifetime Achievement Award Suffolk Youth Organisation of the Year Suffolk Community Group or Organisation of the Year Suffolk Community Partnership of the Year Award In addition to the awards, The High Sheriff’s Fund, is offering grants of up to £1,500 to support work with young people (aged 8-25 years) that improves their communities and lives. The closing date for both the Award nominations and grant applications is 16th December 2013. There is further information on the website: www.suffolkcf.org.uk Elizabeth Stephenson, Suffolk Community Foundation


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News & Views

Memories of My Days in Stradbroke from 1909 to 1923 by Claude Rush Memories of My Days in Stradbroke from 1909 to 1923 by Claude Rush. We have now come to the final episode of Claude Rush’s account. By good fortune he finishes on a very high note because in 1921England was gripped by a most extraordinary drought. High pressure systems from the Azores remained stuck for almost the entire year, leading to clear skies and dire shortages of rain. Kent was hit especially hard: the countryside turned into a parched yellow landscape and Margate was hit worst of all, where a mere 236mm (9.29in) rain fell over the whole year, a record for the lowest ever annual rainfall anywhere in the UK. The heat and drought continued throughout September 1921 when TS Eliot went to stay in Margate for three weeks to recuperate from illness. There he wrote his poem ‘The Waste Land’, sitting on a Victorian shelter on the promenade looking out on the sands of Margate beach. Although the poem has been widely interpreted as a reflection on the first world war, the extraordinary heat that autumn may also have been an inspiration, and in one section of the poem the narrator is in a summer drought that has transformed the land into a desert. ‘The Waste Land’ also secured Eliot's reputation as the leading poet of his time, paving the way for his Nobel Prize in 1948. As for the weather for the rest of that autumn, October carried on as if summer had never ended, thanks to persistent anti-cyclones. It was the sunniest October on record and crowds flocked to the seaside in temperatures hitting the high 20s, peaking at an extraordinary 29°C on 5 and 6 October inLondon. Now for Claude Rush’s account the effect of the drought on Stradbroke, where of course there was then no mains water supply. Nowadays our water is pumped from the chalk layer some 300 feet below us and we have never had to have a hose pipe ban. Part 10 The year 1921 was very dry – there was little rain from February to mid-autumn. Stradbroke relied mainly on ponds for water, except for a pump at Mr Amies’ the Blacksmith’s and at Dr Biddle’s house where it was said there were springs. As the summer went on, pond after pond dried up and eventually many people were going to a moat behind Stradbroke Hall for water. A tree had fallen across the moat and we walked on its trunk to get over the middle of the moat to dip our pails on ropes. I carted by handcart from this moat water to Melvin Villa for our household needs, pigs, horses, bullocks, ducks and fowls – a continuous job. Canon Upcher called a public meeting at the school to discuss our plight. He offered to engage and pay for a water diviner to come to the parish and show where there was water underground. Dr Biddle laughed at the idea. However, he said that he was open to conviction and on the appointed day the diviner, a young man, arrived and a small crowd followed him round the village. Dr Biddle put in an early appearance but soon tossed his head and left. I see him now, in Church Street with umbrella up as it was drizzling! The diviner with his hazel twig detected water under Grove Farm kitchen, the Blacksmith’s shop, boys’ playground at school and White Hart yard. Also on my holding: I had dug a deep hole in the meadow surrounding the house to get out blue clay to make up the pigsty floors. The diviner said that I had dug right over water and it was not many feet lower down. Although I dug the hole to a depth of 12 ft and shaped it into a pond I never struck a spring, but I had cut through a dark red sand seam and when the rains came in late autumn the pond filled with gin clear water which we used for all purposes for the next two years until I left on 3rd September 1923 to join the police service, and my mother moved to Yarmouth. My father gave £600 for the holding. We sold it for £1,000 but had improved it a lot while we were in it. The pond I dug was filled in 1959 - piped water supply made it no longer needed. Concluded: Part 10 of 10. If you would like to have a complete copy of all 10 parts of Claude’s memoirs, please email me at extarquin@gmail.com and I will email the whole text to you. Gerald Jenkins


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Sports Roundup

Stradbroke Cricket Club The rate that the grass continues to grow would suggest winter is still some way off, but the cricket season is tucked away for another year. The playing season finished with the Presidents Match. And what a thriller it was. The Cricket Club scored 265 for 6 (Alan Barker 57, Olly Bickley 31, Josh Franklin-Mann 48, Liam Smith 56) which seemed plenty. The Presidents XI, comprising ex players & guests hit back with Adam Van Der Looy(43), Jamie Pretty (27), Mickey Ellis(20) & David Allum(28), but wickets fell at regular intervals. All that was left was for last pair Richard Pierce-Saunderson & Tom Smith to bat out 9 maiden overs to secure a draw. Hostilities were soon forgotten at the Presentation Evening that followed. The economic climate dictated that there would be no guest speaker this year, but at an enjoyable evening at the Queens Head, the following trophies were presented by President Don Lummis: 'Player of the Year': Vikings - Michael Hugman, A Team - Alan Barker, Under 15 - Spencer Davey, Under 13 - Sam Hurren, Under 11 - William Ramsey. 'Most Improved Player': Under 15 - Dan Baxter, Under 13 - Evan Read, Under 11 - Matthew Barton. 'Leading Run Scorer': Vikings – David Allum(409), A Team - Alan Barker(407). 'Leading Wicket Taker': Vikings - Liam Smith(25), A Team - James Gilbee(22). Gilbee also won the 'Champagne Moment' for his outrageous caught & bowled, while the Flag Deck Trophy for 'Clubman of the Year' went to Julie Thompson. Looking forward, Junior coaching commences on Tuesday nights from 12th November, 6pm to 7:30pm. All ages are welcome, £3 per session. For more details, ring me on 01379-384433 or Kate Thompson on 01379-668169. Thank you. Michael Hugman

Stradbroke Football Club The club is still struggling, hopefully this will improve. More players are required. The last Cash Bingo raised £56.30. The next one is on November 8th in Community Centre at 7.30pm. Mary Ellis

Stradbroke and District Bowls Club Our Annual General Meeting will be on Monday 18th November at 7.30 p.m. in the Club room at the Community Centre. All members should try to attend as it is important that decisions taken are agreed by the majority of the Club. Our end of season positions in the two Leagues are as follows: SAXMUNDHAM LEAGUE - FINISHED FOURTH WAVENEY TRIPLES LEAGUE - FINISHED SIXTH. We will be holding some fund-raising events in the new year, and look forward to meeting up with you at some of them. Lily Lofts

Stradbroke Badminton Club Hello everyone, the following is an update of events within the club over the past month. Ipswich Men’s Division 5 With their first game of the season after being newly promoted, Stradbroke lost to the Skill Centre on Oct 14th the scores were Stradbroke 2.5 and the Skill Centre 6.5. However, with 12 games to play until the end of the season we feel sure that things will improve. There are two games this month away to YMCA on the 7th and at home to Framlingham on the 21st. Player of the year Award The Lee cup this year was awarded to one of our younger members Sam Hurren, with Jack Whatling coming a close runner up who both in the opinion of the committee was richly deserved. It is very satisfying that the youngest are commanding the respect of the elder generation within the club. Christmas Dinner This being arranged by our Social Secretary Caroline Emeny and will take place at the White Hart on December 6th and present indications are that we will have a good turn out. Caroline has asked that members pay £5 deposit for the meal be paid by November 19th together with members’ menu choices. We understand that there are a few tickets left so please contact her on 01986 798422 if you would like to attend. Club night closures Just a reminder that the club will not be open on the following dates Oct 29th, Nov 5th and Dec 3rd. Regards to you all, Roy Lee


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Heveningham Hall – Bonfire and Fireworks Display Celebrate Guy Fawkes night at Heveningham Hall – Suffolk’s most spectacular bonfire and firework display. Saturday 2nd November 2013 – Gates open 5.30pm til late. Enjoy live music from Crumbs for Comfort East Anglian band and a traditional funfair. Fantastic food from local caterers including BBQ, fish & chips, hog roast and two bars with roving mulled wine sellers. ALL proceeds go to local charities.Tickets available in advance via SEE Tickets @ www.suffolk-fireworks.co.uk or from the following outlets:Halesworth Wine Shop, Halesworth Golf Club, The Huntingfield Arms, Laxfield Co-op, Metfield Stores, Emmett’s of Peasenhall. Ticket Prices:By Car:- £12 per car (in advance), £15 per car (at the gate), £20 per car (Over 7 people) Pedestrians:- £5 per adult, £3 per child (4-14 years of age) For further information please visit our website www.suffolk-fireworks.co.uk. Registered Charity No. 1095403 Claire Dunford

Community engagement Come and meet PC 878 Thomas, your local police officer, on Sat 9th Nov 2013 at Stradbroke Library, Queen Street, Stradbroke 11.00 am– 12.00 midday. For crime prevention advice, UV marking items such as laptops, mobile phones, and ower tools (other items can be considered on the day). If you wish to discuss confidential matters a private area is available. SEE YOU THERE! PC 878 Jacquii Thomas

What’s going on at Wingfield Barns? Music and Conversation 3rd November Martin Alvarado – Argentina’s award-winning Voice of Tango – with Mikko Helenius 3pm. £10 in advance, £12 on the door. Followed by Milonga, – Argentinian tango party - from 5 til 8pm! Plus fabulous food. Picada £7.50. Must be prebooked. Empanadas £1.50 on the day 16th November An Evening with Henry Blofeld: TMS And All That. 7.30pm Tickets £16. The cricketing legend joins us for an evening to amuse and delight. 7th December Quattro Amici 7.30 Tickets £8 in advance. £10 on the door. An exciting quartet of acclaimed soloists from East Anglia, covering a range of musical genres including Opera, Operetta, Musical Theatre and Classical Crossover. Midweek Movies 7.30pm screenings. £5. Ample free parking. Bar open at 7pm. November Nostalgia Wed November 13th From Here to Eternity (PG) with Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra. 60th anniversary edition of this multi award winning film set against the backdrop of Pearl Harbor Wed November 27th Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (U) with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. 60th anniversary release of a classic! Two sparkling films. Book both in advance and enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine at each screening. Ring 01379 384505 or book online at www.wegottickets.com. Keep up to date by checking our website: www.wingfieldbarns.com. Sue Preston

Christmas Quiz in aid of Stradbroke Community Centre Funds The Christmas Quiz –Saturday 14th December 7pm in the Community Centre. This is a quiz for all ages and with a definite Christmas theme. The normal quiz format will be followed but,without giving too much away, the style and content will be somewhat different and hopefully will get everyone in the mood for Christmas. With a Bar, Raffle and some “additional entertainment” it will make this a memorable event. There are a limited number of places so book your place early to ensure you are not disappointed. Tables of 4 (or thereabouts!) at £10. Contact Tony Potts on 384713 to book a table. Margaret Streeter, Secretary, Community Centre.


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Stradbroke Allotment & Gardeners’ Association Newsletter Lots to do this month, least of all attend the much anticipated Allotment Association Quiz night on the 30th November at the Community Centre starting promptly at 7.30pm. This year Gill will be preparing a luxury Ploughman's lunch for £5 for pre-booked tickets from the library or £6 on the door. Just remember that the event was a sell out last year so best to book in advance. There will be a raffle and delicious homemade puds made by Gill's daughter for £2 with the proceeds from the puds going to the Chicken co-op and the night going to the allotments. The Chicken co-op are raising money for an extension to the Chicken run, rumour has it that they are the most pampered chickens around. Back by popular demand is Michael 'Huggie' Hugman as the ever entertaining quiz master and there will be a bar and some truly puzzling questions. Also in November is the Christmas wreath workshop with Mary and Judy, this will be held in the Big Black Allotment Shed on Saturday the 30th from 10.30-12.30am. Come along and learn how to create your very own unique Christmas decoration. With the end of harvest time upon us it is good to think of ways of keeping your produce fresh as long as possible, Mary has a good way to store walnuts although the first paragraph reads a little like an exert from the home doctor manual. HOW TO STORE WALNUTS My mother has a lovely walnut tree in the garden and it was always a fight to get them first before the Squirrels got them. When we did manage to collect some, we used to store them ready for Christmas and this is how we did it. First dry the nuts by spreading them in an airy place. On a tray in the airing cupboard or near the Aga, turning them regularly until the husks come off. The nuts can then be put in a sack and shaken to help them dry out further and to remove any stubborn husks. When all the husks have come off, pack in alternate layers with sand in jars, scatter some salt over them as this will stop them from going mouldy and will keep the kernels plump. Label and decorate them with Christmas ribbon and store them in a cool place ready for Christmas. What a great present they will make. While the squirrels are digging frantically trying to find their nuts, yours are sitting ready to eat in their jars. Brilliant!! I also picked up a tip today from a Romanian friend, his Grandmother always has fresh grapes at Christmas, this is without the use of any cold storage at all. She picks the grapes with about six to eight inches of stem still attached, she then gets a couple of potatoes and sticks them on to the end of each stem, lays them down somewhere cool, this somehow keeps them fresh for a few months. There must be hundreds of similarly intriguing tips out there. He also brought me back a couple of the largest and most fragrant quinces you can imagine, some homemade quince jam and a bag seeds of popping corn for me to grow on the allotment next year. Things on the allotments are going well with harvests this year being very good, we still have plots available, if you are interested please contact Helen Pleasance on 01379 388253, £50 a year for a full plot and £30 for a half plot is excellent value, anyone this year who has put in a little work has been rewarded fourfold, with belts tightening it is certainly worth considering. Finally we have been donated manure from a couple of people, The Johnsons at Wingfield and George Cooper, a big thank you, it was all greatly appreciated. Until the Christmas issue, Luke.


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I am often asked for advice by my younger constituents about how to enter the medical profession and I am pleased to tell them that there has been considerable improvement from two decades ago when both women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds struggled to break into the closed shop that was the admissions process to Britain's medical schools. In recent years we can be proud that we have taken great strides towards a more meritocratically selected medical workforce. Today, more than half of medical students are women and the profession has become much more ethnically diverse. But there is still more to do to ensure that the world of medicine truly represents modern Britain. It is still the case that a typical doctor working in the UK today grew up in a family earning two-thirds more than the average. There are several reasons for this. For a start, aspiration matters – parents and schools make a huge difference here. If you don't start with the belief that you can be a doctor, then the chances are you won't become a doctor. And if you don't have anyone supporting you in that belief, then it's even harder. Many medical schools today rightly look for evidence of a long-held desire to enter medicine and for suitably "caring" work experience. But, ironically, recruiting people based on their ability to show a track record of caring on their UCAS form could exclude those from poorer backgrounds. Demonstrating work experience or time spent volunteering in the health and care sector is far more difficult for those where a medical career was never encouraged as a realistic option by school or parentsfrom a young age. So if you are from a deprived background you are unlikely to have undertaken workexperience in a clinical setting to get you an interview at medical school, even though you might make a fabulous doctor. There is hope for making social mobility in medicine a reality. A new report from the UK Medical Schools Council outlines some of the answers, such as work experience programmes with GPs, hospitals and carehomes, targeting children who receive free school meals. Some medical schools are also piloting the use of aptitude tests for prospective students. Testing raw ability in additional to A-levels may well help to level the playing field. And through part-time medical degrees, we can open up the system to encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds, including both working and full-time students, to apply. There's also evidence that the Government's successful academy schools programme is raising the aspirations of less well-off children – over the past year, the GCSE results of our poorest pupils increased faster in sponsored academies than in all state-funded schools, and faster than in comparable local authority-run schools by motivating children to think ahead about their career choices, what subjects to take or where to do work experience. A medical profession that more accurately reflects the society it serves will be better and stronger for it. I hold regular constituency advice surgeries locally to help people who have problems. If you think that I may be able to help you, please contact me on 01728 685 148, or email me via www.drdanielpoulter.com. For more information please visit www.drdanielpoulter.com

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Village Diary November 2nd Heveningham Hall Fireworks display. Gates open at 5.30pm. (See inside) 3r Martin & Mikko – 3pm at Wingfield Barns. See inside for details. 3rd Radio Stradbroke Sunday Sessions “Dance into Winter” with Richard P-S 10am - 1pm 4th Wingfield Barns Full Body Fitness 6.30pm and every Monday 4th Wingfield Barns Holistic Fitness 7.30pm and every Monday 5th Stradbroke Badminton Club meet at the High School @ 7:30pm – 10pm every Tuesday Contact Club in community centre at 10am and every Tuesday. 5th 6th Table Tennis in Community Centre @ 7.15pm and every Wednesday 7th Wingfield Barns Fitness for Life 10am and every Thursday Stradbroke Guides Christmas Shopping Evening @ 7-9pm at Community Centre 7th 8th Cash Bingo in aid of Stradbroke Football Club at Community Centre, 7.30pm Baptist Church Youth Club 7:30pm 8th 9th PC Thomas at Stradbroke Library for Crime Prevention advice 11am – 12pm 9th Scrap Metal Collection by Stradbroke High School. See inside for details. Remembrance Sunday 10:50am at The War Memorial 10th 10th Radio Stradbroke Sunday Sessions “Huggy's Tour of America” 10am - 1pm 11th Parish Council Meeting 7:30pm at Community Centre 12th Junior cricket coaching at Stradbroke High School from 6 - 7.30 pm & every Tuesday (see inside) 12th Pampered Chef evening iao All Saints Church at Community Centre. 13th Baptist Cameo Lunch Club 12:30pm 13th Wingfield Barn Cinema Nostalgia Evening “From Here to Eternity” 7.30pm WI meeting at the Community Centre at 7:30pm 14th th 14 RBL meeting at Low House, Laxfield, 11.30am 16th An evening with Henry Blofeld at Wingfield Barns at 7:30pm. See inside for details. 17th Radio Stradbroke Sunday Sessions “Space Rocks” with DJ Wes 10am - 1pm 18th Stradbroke & District Bowls Club AGM 7.30pm at Community Centre Club Room 21st Stradbroke Cinema “A Song for Marion” 7pm for 7:30pm 22nd **ARTICLES FOR DECEMBER/JANUARY EDITION STRICTLY BY THIS DATE** 22nd Baptist Church Youth Club 7:30pm Fun Christmas Quiz in aid of White Hart Bowls Club – Community Centre, 7.30pm 22nd 23rd All Saints Church Fundraising Coffee Morning at Community Centre 10 - 11.30am 23rd Cake Stall iao Colostomy Ass., Church Plain, Laxfield. Raffle with Prizes 10am – 12pm 23rd “Berlin,Walking through History” iao Friends of All Saints @ Community Centre 7:30pm 24th Radio Stradbroke Sunday Sessions “Six Decades of Pop” with DJ Kimberley 10am-1pm 27th Baptist Church Drop in for Coffee 10 – 11:30am 27th Wingfield Barns Cinema Nostalgia Evening “Gentleman Prefer Blondes” from 7.30pm 28th Wingfield & District Gardening Club meeting at Brundish Village Hall at 7.30pm 29th Prize Bingo in aid of White Hart Bowls Club at Community Centre, 7.30pm 29th “Beat the Teacher” Quiz at Stradbroke High School, 7pm 29th Line Dancing fun at Eye Community Centre from 8pm (see inside) 30th Christmas Wreath Workshop at Big Black Allotment Shed 10.30 -12.30pm 30th Wilby School Christmas Fair from 11.30 am to 2 pm 30th SAGA Quiz night with Ploughmans & desserts at Community Centre, 7.30pm December 7th Eye Bach Choir at Eye Parish Church from 7.30pm. See inside for details 7th Stradbroke All Saints Fund Raising Cake Stall in Church Street. 7th Quattro Amici at Wingfield Barns from 7.30pm. See inside for details. 8th Family Christmas Party iao Stradbroke Youth FC, 4 – 7pm at Community Centre. Carol Service with Diss Salvation Army at The Community Centre 13th 13th - 15th Brockdish Players Pantomime “Treasure Island”. See inside for details. 14th Christmas Quiz in aid of Community Centre Funds 7.30pm. See inside for details Please send all articles to parishmagazine@stradbroke.org.uk 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.

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.


The Stradbroke Monthly November 2013