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November 2018

No.447

LEST WE FORGET

100 years since the End of World War One This year when we meet at the village War Memorial to acknowledge the sacrifices and courage of those men who did not return home we will also commemorate the end of WW1, a war which took 17 young Stradbroke lives. Over the past four years we have tried to bring forward each of their stories so that they are not just names but remembered as brave sons, husbands, brothers, friends who lived in our village and should not be forgotten. The soldiers pictured below are four of those names.

There are two stories not yet told because they died within days of the armistice:

Pte James Mann Private James Mann of the 9th Btn. Norfolk Regiment who died on the 30th October 1918 aged 26 was the son of John and Laura Mann and brother to nine siblings. His family lived at Grove farm, Denham and asked that the inscription ‘EVER IN OUR THOUGHTS’ would be engraved on his gravestone.

Gnr. Ernest Hawes Gunner Ernest Hawes of the Royal Artillery Depot Base Draft Depot who died on 14th November 1918 aged 29 was the son of Robert and Susan Hawes and was husband to Hilda. The military record of Ernest shows that he was 5ft 8inches tall, with a chest measurement of 37 inches. He lived at Verdons Farm and married Hilda Knevett at Stradbroke Baptist Church on 20th October 1915. Hilda and Ernest had one child, Stanley, who was born on 24th February 1918. The papers record the list of items returned to Hilda as: Letters, Photos, Testament, 5 Cent Piece, Silver Watch, Cased Leather Guard, Torch and Refill, Knife, Scissors, Coins, 2 Keys, Buttons, Purse, 2 Mirrors, Strap, Shaving Brush and Soap, Tooth Brush, Brush, 2 Tins Polish, Tin of Jam, Brush and Brasso, Soap, Laces, Pair of Socks. Stradbroke Village Archive An Act of Remembrance—11th November 2018 10.55am At the Memorial, followed by Worship service in All Saints Church


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Neighbourhood Plan Update

The independent examiner has sent through her final report which states: “I am pleased to recommend that the Stradbroke Neighbourhood Plan, as modified by my recommendations, should proceed to Referendum.” Your Neighbourhood Plan working group would like to share some of the comments in the report ….

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The full report and all documents including FAQs can be viewed on the Parish Council website: https://www.stradbrokepc.org/committees-working-parties Next steps: The plan is being modified as per the examiners advice and will be submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council in time for their December Cabinet meeting. Mid Suffolk will hopefully be able arrange a referendum in January to ask us, the residents of Stradbroke, whether we want them to use the plan to guide development over the coming years. Finally a quote from a Stradbroke resident from the consultation process: “They (Stradbroke residents) will look at this and think by voting for the SNP (Neighbourhood Plan) they are voting for up to 222 new homes to be built. If they are against new homes they will vote against it. But what they might not realise is these homes will be built anyway but the SNP is the best way to go for the village.” Neighbourhood Plan Working Group


Local Churches

Stradbroke Baptist Church

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Stradbroke Baptist Church, Laxfield Road, Stradbroke, Suffolk You would be most welcome to join us this November: Sundays - Worship Service 10:15-11:15 Wednesday 14th - Lunch Club 12:30 Wednesday 28th - Drop in for Coffee 10:00 ‘Soup n Pud’ lunch 12:30 Thursday - Prayer Meeting 18:30 Bible Study 14:00 & 19:30 Community Question I was recently asked whether people need to be baptized in order to be saved and so go to heaven, or, conversely, will I go to hell if I have not been baptized? Whilst there are different views on whether baptism is required for salvation in some Christian circles, the Bible, at least, is abundantly clear on the topic. In short, baptism is not required for someone to enter into heaven. However, here is what the Bible does says that every one of us does need to do in order to gain our place there. Being Baptised is not Being Born Again Jesus's preaching can be summed up in His first recorded words in Mark's gospel: “The time has come”, he said. “The Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the Good News!” Shortly afterwards, He elaborates on this to the ultra-puritanical Israeli councillor, Nicodemus: “I tell you the truth, no-one can see the Kingdom of God unless he is born again.” So, by the grace of God, inwardly and personally repenting, believing and, as a result, being born again is what gets you to heaven, rather than submitting to any external ritual you go through involving water! Why then are Christians baptized at all? Just as something miraculous has occurred internally in and to us, we now make a public, visible profession of this: our going under the water (ordinary tap water, nothing “holy” about it!) powerfully symbolizes the dying & burial of our old life, & our coming up from under the water proclaims our being born again into a new life. We symbolically re-enact what has happened to us spiritually, grounded on what happened to Jesus physically (His own dying and rising again and being alive today). Of course, it is possible that someone might be born again, and then leave this life before they have a chance to be baptized: their salvation is assured. What, however, can never get anyone into heaven, is the reverse: undergoing a water-ritual without having been first born-again by repenting & believing. Please keep asking me questions… for the Lord is “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2Peter 3.9) May God bless you Bruce - 01379 388 744 or by email at bruceatsbc@outlook.com

Organisations Good Neighbours

Three members of the Good Neighbour committee, past and present, attended the “Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk 2018” ceremony on the 18th October, having been shortlisted from over 150 nominated organisations. We were delighted to be awarded a plaque in recognition of the many hours of time, willingly given, by our 28 volunteer drivers. In 2017 alone, this amounted to 543 journeys with a total distance of 15,000 miles; amazing! To celebrate this, you will see that we are launching our new logo. Offered services and our telephone number remain the same (07749 445531) Carol Darling

Saving All Saints

We are very pleased to let you all know that we have received a cheque for £2,500 from one of the Charitable funds to which we are applying for the urgent repairs needed for our Church. It is such a boost to be able tell you some good news and hope you will all keep your fingers crossed that other organisations will be as generous. Our funds now stand at £51,800 but we still have a long way to go to meet our first goal of £125,000 but every donation really helps – no matter how great or small! Gill Rennie-Dunkerley, Carol Darling and Jane Merritt

Churches Historic Cycle Ride

Both Jennifer Chetwynd and Andrew Hugman would like to send special thanks to all their sponsors. This amounted to Andrew over £300 and Jennifer over £200. The church wishes to thank both for all their efforts. Being Church Treasurer this was a big lift to our finances as the church gets ½ the sponsorship. Thank you both very much. Mary Ellis


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Local Churches

All Saints, Stradbroke

All Saints Church Stradbroke: Revd Canon Susan Loxton 01379 388493 Church wardens, Peter Chetwynd 384069; Karen Ruth 388762 If you have any questions about Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals, or any questions about the Faith, please contact Revd Susan. Services: 4th Nov 11.00 am Family service, followed by coffee & tea 11th Nov 10.55am At the Memorial, followed by Worship service in church 18th Nov 11.00 am Holy Communion, followed by coffee & tea 25th Nov No service in All Saints church 25th Nov 10.00 am family@church at Fressingfield, for the Benefice, all are welcome 2nd Dec 11.00 am Village Gift service, followed by coffee & tea Remembrance Day On Sunday 11th November we acknowledge 100 years since the end of the First World War. There are various things happening to make this special; one idea came from someone in the Royal British Legion, which was that after wreaths are laid at the memorial, children might like to lay a flower to help mark the day. The Village Gift service in December is when we help the annual Salvation Army Gift appeal for Christmas. Donations of unwrapped gifts for all ages are collected and distributed by the Salvation Army to needy families, homes, hostels and support Groups. If you would like to donate, but are unable to join the service, please call Peter or Karen.

All Saints Church Fundraising Committee

Since the last magazine we have raised £223.35 at the Jumble Sale and £110 at Cash Bingo. We are having a Cheese & Wine Supper on Oct 19th when tickets for our Huge X Hamper will be on sale. This will be drawn at our Xmas Coffee & Craft Fair on 17th Nov, 10-3 in the Community Centre. We have many stalls, inc, Plants, Bulbs, Candles, Bags, Scarves, scented Goods, Cards and Wood carvings, all geared towards Xmas presents. Also, our Bring & Buy tall, light refreshments will be served during the day. So, we look forward to seeing you there. We are now in the process of arranging our calendar for 2019, any ideas please let me know ASAP. Any new ideas would be very helpful. Once again, thank you for your continued support. We finish the year with a Xmas Bingo in Dec and a Xmas cake stall. Mary Ellis

From the Rectory

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by what you need to do? Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I sat down to write this letter. Then I opened my bible at Psalm 130, which I was going to talk about later in the week. The psalmist cries out to God, asking him to hear his voice; then he seems worried about asking God to help him; he says, ’if you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?’ thinking perhaps he wasn’t good enough for God to bother with. Then his faith comes into action and he says, ‘but with you there is forgiveness.’ He gets braver, ‘I wait for the Lord, and in his word, I put my hope.’ Finally, full of faith, he tells others ‘Put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love, and with him is full redemption.’ Reading the psalm reminded me that there is no depth I can sink to where God and his love cannot reach me. But I often want an answer straightaway. However, God doesn’t seem to work like that; his timing is different from ours; he is looking for the greater good and that sometimes takes time. So, I tell myself to be patient and see what the Lord will do. And, as soon as I look up instead of looking down at myself, my spirit lifts and I can see light where there had been shades of grey. The nights are drawing in and our thoughts will soon turn to Christmas, but before we celebrate the arrival of the holy family, we journey through Advent, a time of preparation, spiritually and practically, as we consider what Christmas will be like for us this year. Given all that is going on in the world, what will you do this Christmas time? What gift might you offer to someone on their own or feeling sad? One of the most precious gifts we can give is our time; we can’t wrap it up with a bow but if you do give some away this year, it will probably be one of the best gifts you will ever give. God bless, Susan


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STRADBROKE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING OF STRADBROKE PARISH COUNCIL – 8th October 2018 Next full Council meeting 12th November at 7.30pm, Next PC Clinic Tuesday, 20th November (2.15pm): both at the Court House Applications for consideration: there were no new applications at this meeting. Results of planning applications considered by MSDC since the PC last met: There were no updates available at the time of the meeting, however the following notices have since been received – DC/18/02634 – 15 Woodfields: Granted DC/18/03643 – The Oaks, Drs Lane: Granted Parish Council updates: · All current vacancies on the Parish Council may be filled by co-option. Anyone interested in joining the Council can obtain information from the Clerk (contact details below). · Cllr Guy McGregor will be investigating why the permanent warning sign at Westhall has not been replaced despite assurances that it was on order last year. · Cllr McGregor will also be looking into the underutilisation of Hartismere Hospital and the closure of the Gilchrist Birthing Unit. · Cllr Flatman was pleased to note the nominations for the Mid Suffolk Awards included 3 groups from Stradbroke: Radio Stradbroke, Court House Café Volunteers and the Good Neighbours group. ·

The rent review process for the surgery continues in accordance with the lease.

· The Parish Map has been finalised and the noticeboard on Church Street will be updated as soon as possible. In the interim the damaged display board beside the bowls green will be removed. · Maintenance reports have been received for both play parks and are being reviewed. All necessary works will be budgeted for next year. · The Stradbroke Trust wrote to the Council concerning how they operate and offered to answer any questions the Councillors might have. A reply was sent with some questions but the Trustees had not responded to this by the time of the meeting. · The Parish Council are grateful to a volunteer from the village who is spending an hour a week on clearing the fitness track. He is doing this as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award. · There have been a few enquiries to join the youth council, anyone who would like to learn more about this can contact the Clerk (contact details below) · The independent examiner is currently reviewing the Neighbourhood Plan and all the associated documents – these can be viewed on the Parish Council website: https://www.stradbrokepc.org/committeesworking-parties · The Finance Committee will meet during November to commence work on the budget, all meeting information will be posted on the Parish Council website home page. Odile Wladon (Clerk) Mill Hill House, Church Lane, Wickham Skeith, Suffolk IP23 8NA Mobile: 07555 066147 email: stradbrokepc@outlook.com www.stradbrokepc.org


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Organisations

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W.I.

October 2018 Meeting Of Stradbroke W.I. The meeting opened with a fulsome rendering of Jerusalem and a bright welcome to the members and visitors. Gill took us through the business and presentation of birthday posies and Jane presented all news and correspondence signing us up to interests and activities of which there are a great many folks so come and try us. Next we moved on to our speaker and her companion for the evening. Paige Langton and her companion a lively little dog named Pippa who had been spreading her favours freely to our ladies who were by now totally smitten with the delightful creature. Paige works for the Dogs Trust formerly the National Canine Defence League, a charity which rescues rehabilitates and rehomes dogs from all sorts of backgrounds. Some are strays or rescued from bad homes but others are there because their owners can no longer look after them or have passed away and nobody in the family can keep them. The charity was founded by Gertrude Stock after the first Crufts event in 1891, and the first shelter opened in Fulham in 1913. All the dogs have medical care are microchipped and neutered and where necessary rehabilitated, quite a lot of action for a stray pooch. Paige told us that a healthy dog is never at risk of being destroyed as it can stay with the league if it can’t be homed .The dogs live in splendid accommodation, with under-floor heating and access to a hydrotherapy pool in some shelters and background music for company, plenty of access to outside areas and activities to keep them stimulated and of course good food . I could live like this. This is an expensive business and the charity relies heavily on donations and volunteer fundraisers to keep the shelters open and the dogs safe. The volunteers are a vital part of the workforce and the public are welcome to visit one of the shelters at any time to see if this might be something they could join in with. After a Q and A session Paige and Pippa were thanked profusely for a lovely and enthusiastic talk which was enjoyed by us all. Our next meeting will be on Nov 8th 7.30pm at the community centre please come and join us as we welcome David Ecclestone who will speak on Painting American Cities, pictures of not buckets of paint!! Thank you and see you there. Prue Rush

Life in the Legion

Michael Burton presided at the October Meeting of the Stradbroke & Dist RBL at the Royal Oak Laxfield on Thursday 11th October. This would be the last Branch Meeting that he would Chair, after having served 35 years as our Chairman. It was only fitting that Michael should be asked to tell us about his lifetime of service with the Legion. On completion of his National Service in 1954 Michael joined the Legion at Diss Branch. After a while with Eye Branch he came to Stradbroke in 1980 when the Branch was in danger of closing and became its Chairman in 1983. In 1971 was appointed to the Suffolk County Committee and served in various positions becoming County Chairman in 1988. He was awarded the RBL Gold Badge in 1990 and became a Life Member in 2002. He has a 45 year badge as a Poppy Seller. Having a "personal" amount of over £3000 from selling "pickled onions!!" He amused us with his long detailed list of people he had met, people he had known and details of the activities and adventures he had had with the Legion. He told us his hero was the late Peter Wright VC, late of the Grenadier Guards who earned the award for his gallant action in Italy during WW2. The "business" of the Meeting was taken up with all the happenings in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday, particularly our involvement in visiting 12 Graves in our Branch Area of men who had died from their wounds having been brought home. Every Grave will be visited at 11 am on the 8th November and a Poppy Cross placed thereon, local Primary School children will be involved with us. Our AGM will be on Thursday 15th November at 11 30 am at the Royal Oak Laxfield where Michael will formerly hand over the Baton, and hopefully as many Members as possible will be there to say "thank you, you good and faithful Servant" Bernard Mills (Secretary) As a branch we would like all ages to feel included in the Act of Remembrance, so this year at the Stradbroke village memorial service on the 11.11.18, in the street, local children are invited to bring a flower to place on the Church Wall. Just one flower, real or homemade to be sited after the wreath laying. Joyce Cooper

Lottery Bonus Winners

36 T Moore; 27 W Clover; 5 D Cracknell; 38 D Penycate. £24 donated to Contact Club; £24 donated to White Hart Bowls; £48 donated to church. M Ellis


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Organisations

SAGA

The sooner soil cultivation on the allotments can be done the better. Heavy soils benefit from being turned over and exposed to winter weather conditions. Rain, snow, and frost play a vital part in breaking down soil, enabling us to make good seed and planting beds in the Spring. Dig for short periods at a time, and intersperse with other jobs to prevent damage to your back. Fruit trees and bushes have shed their leaves and are now dormant in hibernation for the winter. So now is a good time to prune them, before the weather turns very cold. Gooseberries and red/white currents are pruned in the same way. The bushes are grown on a short trunk (leg) and should be made up of semi-permanent branches; these being cut out to make room for younger ones only when the quality and quantity of their fruit begins to deteriorate. During the formative years, cut back by a third the shoots intended to form branches each winter (much the same for bush trees). Once the bush has formed, all new shoots that appear are cut back to two buds in the winter so that a fruiting spur system is created on the branches. Alternatively, summer pruning can be carried out in late June when new shoots are cut back to about five leaves. Black currents are pruned differently from red/white currants as they produce their best fruit on shoots younger than about four years old. Pruning consists mainly in cutting out to the ground branches that are four and more years old to make room for younger ones. Diseased and broken branches must of course also be removed. Ivor Hyde

Stradbroke Court House and Library News

Court House Café Woo Hoo Court House Café Volunteers!! Massive congratulations to the team that run the Court House Café, it was good to see you get the recognition you deserve. We had a brilliant night out at the Babergh /Mid Suffolk ‘Stars of Babergh Mid Suffolk Community Awards which were held at St Mary’s Church Hadleigh on Thursday 18th October. There was lovely food and wine and the Court House Café Volunteers won the Stars of Mid Suffolk Community Achievement Award’. Congratulations also to the Stradbroke Good Neighbours and Radio Stradbroke, who were finalists too. Special thanks to Richard Ruth, who was our chauffeur for the evening and to Fressingfield Scouts, who let us use their minibus to take us there. The next Bacon Bap Saturday is on Saturday November 10th. The next ‘Friday Friends’ Café is on Friday 2nd. November. These café sessions are dementia-friendly but open to everyone, so come along and meet people for a friendly chat. Vicky Hutchinson is on hand for anyone needing advice and support. Christmas is coming to the Post Office and Christmas stamps will be available from Monday 5th November. Call in and get a leaflet on last Christmas posting dates for abroad and home. We have a good selection of Charity Christmas cards and a new selection of Greetings Cards in stock. Don’t forget our gift vouchers for birthdays and Christmas, perfect for those people you don’t know what to buy. There are loads of well known retail outlets to spend these at. On the Library Front, after a stimulating first session in August, I am running the BookShoots project again on Sunday 25th November, starting at 10.30am and finishing around 2.30pm. This is a reading group with a difference. We read the book at home and then come together to watch the film of the book at the Court House and afterwards have a discussion about what we thought of both. Ice creams and lunch are provided free of charge. This is for children over 9 years old, teenagers and adults (no age limit)- everyone is welcome. The book and film for November is ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. If anyone wants more information or is keen to get involved call in the library and see me. Numbers will be limited to 25 but we still have space for more people to join us. It was great fun last time, when we read ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio. Stradbroke Library/Courthouse Weekly Events Monday: (September to April) Rummikub board game club at 2pm. Tuesday: ‘Jumping Beans’/Rhymes/Stories/Craft for 0-4yrs old 10-11am. Wednesday: Pilates (please contact Nikki Hambling 07899888778). Thursday: Court House Café 9.30am-12.30pm. Last Thursday in the month ‘Thursday Bookgroup’ 2.30-4pm for the over 50s. Friday: First Friday in the month ‘Friday Friends’ dementia- friendly café session 10am-12pm. Saturday: Court House Café 9.15am-12.15pm. Maureen John Library/Post Office manager


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Organisations

Radio Stradbroke

Where do I start? Chronologically, I guess! Thanks to the 11 tables who took part in our first Pop Music Quiz. Your support is much appreciated. £312 profit has gone into the coffers to keep us running. Sitting behind a radio mic takes away perspective, but the outside world do listen. A sincere 'Thank You' for the nomination for a 'Stars of Mid Suffolk' award, in the 'Community Spirit' category. We are now the owners of a Runners-Up trophy. For those who believe in the maxim 'Show me a runner-up & I will show you the first loser', may we point out that the organisation that beat us in the category, were overall winners on the night. It has taken 12 years to become an overnight sensation. Thank you to everyone who supported & believed in us! The warm glow of success has prompted us to attempt another outside broadcast. Being the centenary of the end of WW1, Radio Stradbroke will be present at Remembrance Day. There will be 'Facebook live', & an audio feed will be transmitted as part of Sunday Sessions on the 11th, giving the opportunity for those who cannot attend, or now live in far flung areas, to feel part of Stradbroke's tribute to the fallen. Yes, it's a busy month. Michael Hugman

Stradbroke Primary School

We have had such a busy start to our new school year! There have been so many events including our Calculation and Reading Cafés where it was great to see so many parents coming in to work alongside their children. Year 4 and 5 had a wonderful time on their trip to the Horstead Centre – they loved all of the activities and toasting marshmallows around the fire was a wonderful treat. Our Language and Culture Day was so much fun with the children learning more about the cultures of Greece, China, Chile and Dubai. We also had a lovely Harvest Festival in the Church followed by another successful Farmers’ Market back at school – thank you to everyone who supported this. Mars Class enjoyed their first trip to Charlotte’s Wood, collecting leaves, making mud cakes and climbing and exploring. Jupiter are very busy with rehearsals for their upcoming performance of The Tempest as part of the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival. They will be performing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on 13th November and can’t wait to share their talents on a professional stage. Finally, if your child is due to start school in September, we are once again running our intake days. It was lovely to see lots of new faces at our first one in October. Our next session is on Tuesday 20th November and we would love to welcome you along. Hannah Hunt, Head of School

Wingfield and District Gardening Club

Lucinda Skinner came from Wootens of Wenaston to speak to us about perennial geraniums at the end of September. We probably all have some in our gardens but few of us realise how diverse this group of plants can be. Varieties that are quite tall and put up with dry, shady conditions to really short compact plants for the front of your flower border or containers. They will not tolerate really damp condition but thankfully are rabbit and deer proof and not attractive to slugs! Do you wonder they are so popular. We meet for our AGM and Christmas meal rather early as so many people are very busy nearer the time. On 29th November we will gather to hear Jan Michalak on the ‘Call of the wild’ in Brundish Village Hall at 7.30pm. C Traylen


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Parish Council Notes From the Chair…

It was a great privilege to attend the “Stars of Babergh and Mid Suffolk” awards ceremony this month and see no fewer than three finalists from Stradbroke chosen from the 150 entries! The Court House Volunteers won the “Best Community Achievement” category with Stradbroke Good Neighbours as runners-up. Radio Stradbroke were runners-up in the “Community Spirit” category. Representatives from all three organisations attended the awards ceremony in Hadleigh. It is a real credit to Stradbroke to have so many finalists and great to see the voluntary work of so many recognised. The work of the Court House volunteers running the community cafe, Good Neighbours offering lifts to those who need it for medical and other appointments and Radio Stradbroke keeping us entertained helps make Stradbroke such a great place to live. We have now heard that the Neighbourhood Plan has passed the formal examination by a planning inspector. We now expect the referendum to be held in the new year and if a majority vote in favour the plan will be adopted shortly after. Having a neighbourhood plan allows Stradbroke to have as much influence as possible over development as well as ensuring that the maximum amount of “community infrastructure levy” money paid by developers gets spent in the village. There is more information about the plan on page 2 of the Monthly. The next Council meeting is on Monday 12th November at the Court House and, as always, everyone is welcome to attend. James Hargrave, Chair of Stradbroke Parish Council

The Stradbroke Trust

Parish Councillors would like to thank the Stradbroke Trust for sending them information on the formation of the Trust and their distribution of funds for the benefit of all. This was similar to what was published in last month’s Stradbroke Monthly. In a spirit of openness the Trust invited Parish Councillors to pose any questions arising with an offer to discuss and/or meet if preferred. Some queries did arise and these have been sent to the Trust. They include a request for clarification on the breakdown of build costs for the Doctors’ Surgery as distinct from cost of finance and professional services. Councillors were also unclear of the value of Trust’s direct contribution (including grants received) to the stated projects as opposed to the benefit derived from donations and pledges. As some of the projects listed were undertaken by other community groups, Councillors requested a breakdown of the actual contributions made by the Trust rather than the total project cost. An assertion that the Trust has been able to support and/or implement projects to a value four times their net income was particularly perplexing. Both letters are available to view on the Parish Council website at: https://www.stradbrokepc.org/documents In the interest of all Stradbroke residents, Councillors will keep you informed when a response is received. Kamal Ivory and Toni Wisbey, Stradbroke Parish Councillors

Parish Infrastructure Investment Plan (PIIP)

A neighbourhood plan gives back some control to a Parish over development whereas a Parish without one has little authority in planning matters. With a plan the Parish Council has much more control and they want to use this authority for village benefit. The Parish Council is preparing a parish infrastructure investment plan to run alongside the Neighbourhood Plan. To prepare the plan the Parish Council is currently reviewing all village assets in order to make decisions about how to spend the money that will come from the future Neighbourhood Plan development. Once the review is complete and a draft plan is drawn up, an open event will be held to ask the residents for their views. Stradbroke Parish Council (Photo: Jon Wilson Photography)


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Stradbroke Cinema

As part of the centenary celebrations of the First World War, on Sunday November 11th BBC One is showing a film called ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage which is more than a 100-years old, director Peter Jackson brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line; their attitudes to the conflict; how they ate; slept and formed friendships, as well what their lives were like away from the trenches during their periods of downtime. Cutting edge techniques make the images of a hundred years ago appear as if they were shot yesterday - the transformation from black and white footage to colourised footage can be seen throughout the film revealing never before seen details. We will be showing this film in the Stradbroke Sports and Community Centre on November 11th but the timing for this film has not yet been released. As soon as we know this it will be posted on stradbrokeonline.org.uk. There will be no charge for this viewing and refreshments will be available. On November 15th we will be showing ‘The Bookshop’ - PG. This is a gentle adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel set in a small East Anglian coastal town where Florence Green decides to open a bookshop. All should be well but the town turns out to be a seething nest of malice, gossip and back-biting. Great performances from Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy. Doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. The bar is open before the start and during the interval when ice creams will also be on sale. Entrance is £5.50 for adults, £3 for 16s and under and everyone is welcome Full details can be found on the Village website that is at www.stradbrokeonline.org.uk Roger Turkington and Jane Merritt

Stradbroke Sports and Community Centre

Come and enjoy a Pie, Mash and Pea Supper on November 17th 7pm for 7.30pm. There will be a choice of Steak and Kidney, Chicken and Mushroom (from Rolfe’s Butchers), Vegetarian and Gluten-free pies, local Potatoes (kindly donated by Mary Ellis) and Peas from a well-known supermarket! You will also have a Dessert all for £7 please let us know your pie preference when you buy your tickets. There will be music from the 70s and 80s and a fun game or two, as well as a Raffle. The Bar will be open and we know you will have an enjoyable evening. Tickets are available from any SSCC Committee member and any proceeds will go towards improvements to your Sports and Community Centre. Jane Merritt - 388382

Talk by Mark Mitchels: Constable and Gainsborough

A new group has been formed in Eye and Stradbroke called Learn: that is replacing the WEA branches. Our aim is to provide high quality speakers with a wide appeal at low cost both in Eye and Stradbroke. Our first talk is by Mark Mitchels who is well-known for his engaging, informative and entertaining fully illustrated talks. This one is exceptional in his weaving together of these two famous Suffolk artists. For such a high profile speaker the cost is £8.00 including refreshments. At this talk we shall also be introducing the forthcoming programme of Learn: and giving you an opportunity to explore Gainsborough further through a special link with Gainsborough’s house museum in Sudbury. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, November 7th at 2.00pm in Stradbroke Community Centre but if you are unable to attend yet would like details of Learn: and our future programme please contact me at gillianrenniedunkerley@hotmail.com or 01379 384248 or 07730011951 Gillian Rennie-Dunkerley

Flashes of Fiction

Do you enjoy reading but never seem to have the time? The BigSky writers have the solution. We have produced a fortnightly quick-read that will be appearing on the village website that is at stradbrokeonline.org with the first story being a poignant and appropriate remembrance to commemorate WW1. Thereafter, Flashes of Fiction will appear every fortnight as part of newly re-vamped website when it launches later this year. Topics such as ‘Grandad’s girlfriend’ to ‘Lost Causes’ will be covered as will all genres: humour, tragedy, mystery, crime, drama and so on. A great way to be entertained by your local writers. Gillian Rennie-Dunkerley: BigSky Writers

Stradbroke’s Christmas Walk 2018

On Tuesday December 18th Dennis Merritt and Roger Turkington will be leading a 3-and-a-half-mile round walk from the Stradbroke Sports and Community Centre to Battlesea Hall where, by kind permission of Adrian Lawson and his family, they will provide Mulled Wine with mince pies being made courtesy of several generous Villagers. As the way may possibly be muddy, please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Bring a torch, although we hope you will use this sparingly in order to appreciate the wonderful night sky. Unfortunately, you will not be able to bring your dogs. It will be a really enjoyable evening but we want you to be aware that you will be walking at your own risk. Please meet at the Stradbroke Sports and Community Centre at 6pm – there is no charge. Dennis Merritt 388382 and Roger Turkington 384248


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Forthcoming Events

The Charity Patisserie at Laxfield

Come & sample the culinary delights of The Charity Patisserie. Find us in front of the Royal Oak Pub, Church Plain, Laxfield from10am – 12 noon on Saturday 24th November. The specials: The Infamous Sausage Rolls (meat by kind donation Lane Farm Foods); Sausage Plait slices; Frittatas; Quiches; Crumbles; Pies; Quiches; Crumbles; Pie; Biscuits; Xmas Cakes and Cakes, Cakes Cakes! Fabulous Raffle Prizes to be won!! All Proceeds go to Charity – Prostate UK, St Elizabeth Hospital & Laxfield Bells Caroline

Weybread Craft, Food/Farmers Market Fair

Weybread Craft, Food/Farmers Market Fair will take place on 24th and 25th November 2018, 10am - 4pm in St Andrew's Church Weybread and Weybread Hall Farm Barn, Church Road, Weybread, IP21 5TR. We wil have a wide range of craft, cakes, and honey stalls also turkey tasting. Refreshments in the barn, homemade soup served with bread, cakes, tea, coffee, squash. We do have room for a few more stalls. Please contact Sue Webster if you are interested. email sueofnunnery@btinternet.com or tel. 01379586434 Sue Webster

Laxfield Produce, Craft and Flea Market

Laxfield Produce, Craft and Flea Market on Saturday 3rd November 2018 from 10am -12.30pm “a friendly community market held in All Saint's Church & the Royal Oak and outside on Church Plain” This month the Market looks to be as busy as ever, offering a mix of interesting stalls, some new, some regular, good things to eat and drink, plus entertainment too. It's great to see many of our lovely customers returning each month – they obviously have it marked as a highlight of their month, and no wonder when there are so many friendly faces and good things on offer. Stalls will include local goat's cheeses, organic vegetables, excellent quality cakes and pastries, crafts, cards and gifts, vintage finds, garden plants, bulbs, household items and bric-a-brac. There will be delicious home-made cordials, planted up unusual containers, delicious grass-fed Belted Galloway beef and frozen lamb, along with tasty local fresh pork. Don't forget that there will be lots of warming food like bacon butties from the pub and hot dogs from the local pork supplier to warm you up if the weather is chilly, plus tea and coffee too in the Oak and the Church. Lovely entertainment was provided in the Church by locals Julie and Paul Theaker at last month's Market, and for November entertainment will be outside on Church Plain with a return of the Ox Blood Molly Dancers, with their darker take on Morris Dancing, guaranteed to be enthusiastic and lively. The popularity of Laxfield Produce, Craft and Flea Market means there's often a waiting list for stall space, so please contact Catherine Cawood on 01986 798852 to request a slot. Carolyn

The Mariner

Common Ground are coming to Syleham and Wingfield village hall IP21 4LT on Saturday 10th November. Their production starting at 7.30pm, is 'The Mariner' based on the Tale of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Colridge. This is a musical adaptation which reflects our own destructive tendencies leading to ecological disaster. Book tickets £12, U21 £7 on the website www.commongroundtc.co.uk/shows or contact Common Ground on 07807 341364 The bar will be open, tea and coffee available. Julie Thompson

Coffee morning

Coffee Morning at Thirkettle Cottage, Queens Street: Alison and Karen are holding a coffee morning between 10am and 12 am on Tuesday, 13 November, to raise funds for plants and compost for the Churchyard flower beds. Sam Hackett

Dance

Swing Jive/Rock & Roll, Salsa, Latin, Cajun to Caribbean, Irish & Bluegrass. Live music with Buckshee (plus stepdance special). See them if you can. Saturday 17th November , 8pm ‘til late. Doors open at 7 pm at Wilby Coronation Hall (IP21 5LR). Bar, raffle and food available. Tickets £7.50. Book early (no tickets on door). Doreen (07591 499912)

Phoenix Singers

Phoenix Singers : 15th December 2018 : 7.00 pm at Framlingham College. G. Rossini : Petite Messe Solennelle Tickets : £12, under 18s £6. available from Hall Farm Butchers, 25 Market Hill, Framlingham Juniper Barn, Rendham and William Glasse – william@glasse.org.uk 07802 597071, choir members, and at the door. Charity No. 1076549. Stephanie Askew (publicity)


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Sports Roundup

Stradbroke and District Bowls Club

Hello everyone, As previously reported the outdoor bowls season is now closed with the new season starting in April so there is little to report on until the new year. However the AGM is scheduled for November and all members will be notified by David our secretary when the date has been set. Terence Henry Bannon "Terry" It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Terry on September 27th whose funeral took place on October 18th at Stradbroke. We have lost a good friend who has played in the club for many years and we extend our sincere sympathy to all the family and his special companion Sandra. Terry was a quite man respected by all in the club and will be greatly missed by all who came into contact with him both on and off the green. Thank you, if you have any questions about the club please call me on the following number. Regards Roy Lee (01379 384729)

Stradbroke Table Tennis Club

The table tennis club is on every Wednesday everyone is welcome, young and old. We are a fun club who enjoy the game, all is provided: bats, balls and oxygen. We meet in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. The charge to pay for the hall is £1.50 for Adults and £1.00 for children. Please do come if you want the exercise and good evening. Hope to see you there. For further information you may contact : Tony Potts on 01379 384713

Stradbroke Cricket Club

The dust, & there has been a lot of it in this long, hot, dry Summer, has settled on the cricket season. The pitch has been re-seeded & put to bed, not that the new grass is growing very much, while the field is a mix of dew & autumn leaves. In the Caribbean, there are three seasons, Cricket season, Cropping season, & Christmas season. In Stradbroke we are in AGM season. Thankfully not as many as there used to be, but the good news from the Two Counties League AGM is that Stradbroke Vikings are still very much part of Division 9 West; the fixtures should be out next month, so planning for next season can start the cycle of cricketing life once again. It does allow me more time to delve deeper into the history of the Cricket Club, all 275 years of it. I would still like to hear from anyone who has any old scorebooks, press cuttings, or just memories & anecdotes of 'the good old days'. Ring me on 07796465347. Remember, rust & cricket never sleep. Thank you for your continued support. Michael Hugman

Stradbroke Tennis Club

Despite the summer tennis season being behind us members are still actively playing social play. Weather permitting Social Play afternoons will run on Mondays and Thursdays from 1.30 to about 4.00 so why not come and join us for a game. For further details with regards to membership please give me a ring on 01379 384557. Although we are a relatively small club we have managed to maintain our position in the summer leagues in both the South Norfolk and Lowestoft top divisions which is a significant achievement. Non-members can hire a tennis court through Stradbroke Swim and Fitness Centre on 01379 384376. (£8.00 per hour a court for adults and £4.00 per hour for juniors) In conjunction with Suffolk Lawn Tennis Association we have recently appointed Lorraine Stanley as the Club’s Welfare Officer. The Club's committee is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of everyone that uses the courts. Lorraine's contact details are displayed on the notice board by the entrance to the courts. The Club has also put in place a Safeguarding Policy and a British Tennis Diversity and Inclusion Policy. Copies have been placed in the clubhouse for information. Kevin Holmes, Secretary Stradbroke TC

White Hart Bowls Bingo

Prize Bingo for Christmas on Friday 23rd November 2018 at 7.30pm in Stradbroke Community Centre, to raise funds for Stradbroke White Hart Bowls Club. Many excellent prizes, raffle, and refreshments. plus a flyer to win a Christmas Hamper. Julie Ward, Secretary, Stradbroke White Hart Bowls Club


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Sports Roundup

Stradbroke Swim and Fitness Centre

The Importance of Swimming lessons! With swimming being an important life skill no matter what age or ability you are, at Everyone Active Stradbroke Swim and Fitness Centre, we can help you. Children can join our lessons as young as five months old where their parents can introduce them to the water and build their confidence in our adult and child classes. At three years old they join our main scheme which focuses on all four of the swimming strokes building technique and water skills, going up through our stages earning badges and certificates on the way. Beginner stages have a teacher in the water to instruct and support children and to ensure their safety, in the higher stages the teachers instruct from the side. Swimming lessons take place once a week and are supervised by National Pool Lifeguard Qualified colleagues who undertake monthly training and is run in conjunction with the Swim England's standards. Once your child reaches our top levels they are invited to join our junior Swim Club, an hour’s session where they can expand on what they already know and build stamina, these take place twice in the week. Adults are not forgotten, we have a beginners and improvers class that takes place on a Monday evening 19:30 – 20:30 we also have six Swim Fit sessions (daytime & evenings) in the week for those who are competent in their ability and would like technique pointers or to improve general fitness levels With many experienced Level 2 qualified instructors we can help anyone become a competent swimmer. Don’t delay contact us today on 01379 384376 or email the Swim Lesson Manager denisecoduri@everyoneactive.com Denise Coduri | Swim Lesson Manager, Stradbroke Swim & Fitness Centre, Everyone Active

London Marathon Part 2

Don: Getting started with the training program is always painful. Wake up, look at the weather, "to run or not to run" that is the question. Adeline will be doing her regular 50 mile cycle or 5K swim no doubt, but she hasn't started running yet. I on the other hand have yet to swim... Lucca, my collie likes to run but when I open the door and see the rain he looks at me with pleading eyes: “do I really need to go as well?” “Yes!” I tell him, “it’s good for the soul and you might meet your favourite pooch, Emily”. Lucca pricks his ears up, stretches, and off we go, 2.6 miles down Neaves Lane and through the village saying to myself "I only have to do ten of these and it’s almost a marathon". Adeline and Don Darling

Wilby Village Hall Presents

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett ‘The Final Straw Tour’ Pigeonhole this duo at your peril, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett are back on the road with their aptly named Final Straw Tour. Still going after 40 years and still loved for their total in-yer- face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!) almost become an added extra. Ever keen to add a new dimension to the show, Willy says he is going back to their roots with a new addition to his array of instruments, which he calls the Les Dawson Thumb. The idea stems from the guitar made by Willy’s dad in 1965 from an old guitar neck and a scaffold plank, which became affectionately known as the Les Dawson (a satirical reference to the much loved Gibson Les Paul) and was used on many of the early tracks, including Really Free. For any Otway/Barrett virgins out there who don’t know what to expect, be prepared for everything from bare-chested theremin playing to wah wah wheelie bin as the duo jump from one hit and 40 near misses to another: An amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers. Be sure not to miss this tour as Willy has hinted that it is “time gentlemen please” for his involvement in the turbulent duo’s existence in order to pursue a long-time interest in a more musical twilight and further experimental projects over his remaining years. On Friday November 2nd at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Tickets from www.wegottickets.com. Wilby Coronation Hall charity no. 30483959.

Ian Taylor


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Painting and Decorating by Ron Rankin - 25 Years Experience For All Your Domestic & Commercial Property Maintenance & Decorating Competitive Prices - Professional Standards Reliable & Experienced - Highly Recommended Advice & Quotations With No Obligation Tel: 01379 388243 Mob: 07762 326226 Unit 19a Fuller Road Industrial Estate Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 9EA

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Hammond Garden & Countryside Services Matthew Hammond

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Specialising in Conifer reduction. All hedge work and garden clearance. Any size lawn mowed. Rough grass cut & strimmed. Hedges and trees supplied and planted. Small tree work - pruning/felling Lawns turfed and seeded All types of fencing Patios and paths laid. Free estimates, all jobs considered.


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Steven Pleasance Carpenter and General Builder From hanging doors To Complete builds 01379 388253

Service and repairs to all cars, light commercial and 4x4’s Specialists in vehicle diagnostics Free local collection and delivery Courtesy car available Prompt attention assured Competitive rates

Open 8:00am - 5:30pm Mon-Fri, 8:00am - 12 noon Saturdays Barley Hall, Laxfield Road, Stradbroke, IP21 5NQ Located on the B1117 1 3/4 miles outside Stradbroke towards Laxfield.


News & Views

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Borderhoppa

Group Hires with Borderhoppa Community Transport Did you know that, along with our door-to-door dial a ride and outings service for members, not for profit community groups can hire our minibuses for their own outings. Go to destinations of your choice, visit your favourite places or enjoy shopping trips with your group. Our requirements are very simple. Your group must register with us as a not for profit organisation, cost of our annual group membership is £15, tell us what your group does and when and where you would like use of a minibus. If you would like to make a booking or for more information please call 01379 854800, email adminborderhoppa@btconnect.com or visit our website at www.borderhoppa.org

Transport in and around Eye

BSEVC Connecting Communities. Amongst our interests we provide a fully accessible vehicle in the Stradbroke area. It just takes a phone call to book a seat on our vehicle to take you anywhere in North Mid Suffolk. We carry passengers to clinics, day centres, to visit relatives, shopping, attend social events and connect with other forms of transport. Our phone number is 01449 614271 and we will do our best to help callers with travel arrangements. Jan Robinson

Top tips to save you money on your heating

Winter is on its way and with heating oil prices recently reaching a 4-year high point, BoilerJuice.com have some top tips to help you save on heating: 1. Place foil at the back of radiators The heat from radiators tends to flow near the walls rather than into the rooms, this can leave your walls nice and toasty but the room feeling chilly. Placing foil behind the back of your radiator reflects the heat back into the room. This can make your heating more effective saving you money. 2. Programme your heating You can now control your heating even when you are not at home. Programming your boiler to turn on half an hour before you wake up, and half an hour before you return home will make sure you don’t overuse your heating. This can save a generous amount of money a year. 3. Block draughts in your home Draughts can cause your home to feel cold even when the heating is on. Use a draught blocker to stop any cold breezes sneaking in. You can buy draught excluders to place under doors and add self-adhesive into cracks around windows to assure your home stays warm. 4. Turn the dial down The World Health Organisation recommends that the minimum temperature in the living room should between 18C-21C. Try dropping your room temperature by just one degree and you will notice a difference in your heating expenses. 5. Top up your oil tank early Ordering oil early can save you money, as heating oil prices tend to rise in the colder seasons, the earlier the order the less the price of oil. 6. Group buying heating oil Buying in a group can get you discounts; some oil suppliers will give you a discount for bulk buying. BoilerJuice.com will group every order for you behind the scenes and even have Buying Weekends where customers orders are grouped over a three day period. This means customers get the benefit of grouping without the hassle. For £5 off your heating oil order with www.BoilerJuice.com and use code STRADBROKE1 Camilla George


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News & Views 2018 Flu Clinics

Adult Flu Clinic For All Eligible Patients The practice is running its flu clinics differently this year. Every GP Practice is receiving their supply of flu vaccinations much later than in previous years due to the changes that the Government have made to the flu vaccination programme. Further information is available on the practice website – www.fressingfieldmedicalcentre.co.uk. We have written to all patients that are eligible for the flu vaccination this year inviting them to a flu clinic. If you have not received an invitation letter and feel that you are eligible for the flu vaccination then please do contact us. It is much easier for us to manage the flu vaccination programme if patients do attend the clinic. If you are unable to attend the clinic below please contact us after the 17th November in order to book for an alternative clinic. If you have already had your flu vaccination please ignore this information. Adult Flu Clinic for all eligible patients that have received a letter to confirm they are eligible: At Fressingfield Medical Centre on Saturday 17th November 2018: 8:30am to 9:30am – Those with a Surname that starts with – A &B 9:30am to 10:30am - Those with a Surname that starts with – C & D 10:30am to 11:30am - Those with a Surname that starts with – E, F & G 11:30am to 12:30pm – Those with a Surname that starts with – H, I, J, K & L 1pm to 2pm – Those with a Surname that starts with – M, N & O 2pm to 3pm – Those with a Surname that starts with - P, Q, R & S 3pm to 4pm - Those with a Surname that starts with – T, U, V, W, X, Y & Z

You Are Eligible For A Seasonal Flu Jab If:

Katie Civil, Practice Manager


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Foot Health Consultant Home Visits, Care Homes and Private Clinic Verruca Treatments, Ingrown toenails, Calluses, Fungal Infection, Corns, nail Cutting, Bunions and Foot Care for Diabetics, Foot Health checks and all nail conditions. For appointment Tel: 384873 Mob 07724073328 eMail : griffithstwo@aol.com Some evening appointments available

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THE CELLPHONE & FAX SPECIALIST

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Keeping in touch: Dan Poulter, MP

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I think it fair to say that autumn has certainly arrived – although we have been enjoying mainly mild and sunny days, the evening temperatures are noticeably cooler and the shorter days herald the arrival of longer, darker nights. But it’s easy to see why the arrival of autumn and winter, for some, can mean more prolonged periods of loneliness and isolation. One of the things that makes me particularly proud to represent this area of the country is that we are so lucky here in Suffolk to have such a strong sense of community spirit and inclusion. I especially enjoy meeting so many dedicated volunteers and visitors at the regular coffee mornings and social events that take place throughout Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. Community events such as these provide a vital lifeline for those living in a rural county like Suffolk, bringing together like minded friends and ensuring that local communities stay connected and in touch with one another. Loneliness and isolation can often be associated with poor mental health; Wednesday 10th October was World Mental Health Day and I was encouraged to learn about Time to Change’s simple but effective “Ask Twice” initiative. The initiative is aiming to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems and although attitudes and behaviour are slowly changing towards mental ill health, there is much more to be done to break down the stigma so often attached. None of us think twice about seeking medical advice or help for a physical illness or injury, but with mental ill health, many people are still too proud to seek help, or don’t consider mental health to be relevant to them. When most of us ask a friend, colleague or loved one “How are you?”, the usual and expected response is “Fine, thanks.” But the reality is that we can all be guilty of saying we’re fine when we’re not. With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem this year alone, it seems pretty clear that many of us are saying we’re fine when we’re not. That’s why the “Ask Twice” campaign is encouraging us to simply ask our friends, colleagues and loved ones twice if they are ok. Leading such busy lives, time is often at a premium, but the simple act of asking twice shows that we really are willing to listen. Whilst it’s clear to see that much has been achieved so far in raising awareness of mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it, there is also much more to be done and I will continue to do all that I can to fight for more money for better mental health services here in Suffolk. For more information, please visit my website www.drdanielpoulter.com

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Village Diary November 1st Court House Café 9.30am-12.30pm, and every Thursday (see page 10) 1st Stradbroke Youth Football at playing field, and every Thursday evening 2nd ‘Friday Friends’ dementia friendly café in Court House (see page 10) 2nd Wild Willy Barrett ‘The Final Straw Tour’ at Wilby Village Hall (see page 22) 3rd Laxfield Produce, Craft and Flea Market, 10am to 12.30pm (see page 18) 4th Radio Stradbroke on air from 10 am (see page 12) 4th Afternoon Tea at the Court House 5th Rummikub Club at Court House at 2pm, and every Monday (see page 10) 6th Jumping Beans for babies/toddlers/children under 5, and every Tuesday 6th Contact Club meet in Community Centre and every Tuesday 6th Stradbroke Badminton club meet at Stradbroke High School, and every Tuesday 7th Table tennis in the Community Centre at 7.30pm, and every Wednesday 7th Talk by Mark Mitchels on Constable and Gainsborough at 2pm (see page 17) 8th WI meet in Community Centre (see page 9) 10th ‘Bacon Bap Saturday’ in the Court House café (see page 10) 10th The Mariner at Syleham and Wingfield village hall (see page 18) 11th Radio Stradbroke on air from 10 am (see page 12) 11th An Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial, 10.55am (See front page) 11th Stradbroke Cinema showing ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ (see page 17) 12th Stradbroke Parish Council meeting at Court House, 7.30 pm (see page 6) 13th Coffee morning at Thirkettle Cottage (see page 18) 14th Baptist Church Lunch Club at 12.30pm (see page 3) 15th Stradbroke Cinema presents ‘The Bookshop’ (see page 17) 17th Flu Clinics at Fressingfield Medical Centre (see page 28) 17th All Saints Church Fundraising Committee Xmas Coffee & Craft Fair (see page 4) 17th Stradbroke Community Centre Pie & Mash supper (see page 17) 17th Live music with Buckshee at Wilby Village Hall (see page 18) 18th Radio Stradbroke on air from 10 am (see page 12) 20th Parish Council clinic in Court House at 2.15pm (see page 6) 23rd **Deadline for submissions for December/January edition strictly by this date** 23rd White Hart Bowls Bingo at 7.30pm in the Community Centre (see page 20) 24th Weybread Craft, Food/Farmers Market Fair (see page 18) 24th Charity Patisserie at Laxfield, 10-12 noon (see page 18) 25th Radio Stradbroke on air from 10 am (see page 12) 25th BookShoots project at Stradbroke Library from 10:30am (see page 10) 25th Weybread Craft, Food/Farmers Market Fair (see page 18) 28th Baptist Church Drop in for Coffee (see page 3) 29th Wingfield and District Gardening Club meet at Brundish Village Hall (see page 12) December 2nd Radio Stradbroke on air from 10 am (see page 12) 9th Radio Stradbroke on air from 10 am (see page 12) 15th Phoenix Singers, 7.00 pm at Framlingham College (see page 18) 16th Radio Stradbroke on air from 10 am (see page 12) 18th Christmas Walk – meet at Community Centre at 6pm (see page 17)

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