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June 2009 No. 348

Stradbroke Summer Walks 2009 Do join us for three guided summer rambles along our local footpaths. All are welcome. Each walk starts from the Community Centre at 6.45 p.m. promptly. Walk 1. Thursday June 25th at 6.45 p.m. An evening walk to Doggets and the Battlesea Green Area (3.5 miles). Walk 2. Thursday July 2nd at 6.45 p.m. An evening walk past Stradbroke Mill out to Pixey Green and then back by a different way returning via Drapers Hill and exploring the paths to the north-east of the village. (4.5 miles). Walk 3. Thursday July 9th at 6.45 p.m An evening walk to Wootten Green and Neaves Lane, then out to Wilby and back using a different route, exploring the paths to the south and southeast of the village. (5 Miles) There is no need to book, just come along. If you do not know where our local paths are, this is a very good way to find out. Gerald Jenkins (384825) In addition, if you would fancy a really long guided walk from Stradbroke (18 miles) there will be one leaving the Community Centre at 9.00 am on Sunday July 12th. Phone for details. Why not take your camera and capture some lovely photos of the village in summer? We’d love to see them on the village website - If you have not already signed up, follow the link on the front page, then add your photos to your own ‘My Page’. The best photos will be ‘featured’ on the front page! Happy walking!

Bonfires... Inside this issue:

The Parish Council has received a number of complaints about bonfires causing a nuisance, particularly in the Woodfields area. It is quite permissible to have a bonfire but please consider your neighbours and follow these good bonfire guidelines:

Local Churches


Parish Pump





Letters to the Editor


Forthcoming Events


News & Views


Sports Roundup


Gardeners Notes


Only burn dry material Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres, or anything containing plastic, foam or paint Never use old engine oil, meths or petrol to light the fire or encourage it to burn Avoid lighting a fire if it’s windy or on damp, still days, when the smoke may hang in the air Avoid burning when air pollution in your area is high or very high - check the weather forecast, or the Air Quality website Ann Kerr, Chairman Parish Council - JOIN TODAY!

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To Book Your Free Sample Lesson Please Telephone 01379 853029 or email: Our premises have the benefit of disabled access.

Fleurs Artisan 6 Church Street, Eye, IP21 7BD Tel: 870333 Mobile 07711 936342 We offer a complete range of wedding packages, prices on request. Creative ideas for every occasion. Births, Anniversaries, Thankyou, Get Well Soon, Sympathy tributes and all other functions. Delivery service available. We assure you of our best attention at all times.

Local Churches Stradbroke Baptist Church Laxfield Road Stradbroke Suffolk Experiencing Jesus in your life will make a difference to you and to others Treasurer Mrs B Ward 586731

Contacts Malcolm Ramm 88797

Co-ordinator E. Havers 388172

Speakers for June 7th Mike Caplin 14th Steve Ranson 21st Steve Ranson 28th Eric Havers All Age Service Cameo Lunch Please note that the June meeting of the Cameo Lunch has been cancelled. Contact 384112. Drop in for Coffee. All sorts of things for you and your friends every 4th Wednesday of each month. Contact Daphne 384175 or Angela 388751. During the next few months all donations will be in aid of the East Anglia's Children's Hospices. Please come along and help us support their invaluable work with sick children and their families. Next Meeting will be Wednesday 24th Reviewing “The Shack” A book called “The Shack” was one of the recent best sellers in America. It portrays a man whose daughter was kidnapped and subsequently killed. The story tells of the distress of the father, and how he tries to come to terms with the terrible anguish that he goes through. The book has a Christian theme of love and forgiveness running through it, and if you can read past the first 60 or so pages, it becomes a very intense drama of how the father deals with coming to terms with his feelings of anger, hatred, depression and all that goes with the loss of a child. The father receives an invitation to return to the shack where the terrible murder of his child took place. This invitation turns out to be the most wonderful but very painful emotional experience. He experiences God in an incredible way. I won’t tell you any more, but why not get the book and find out the whole story! The Bible teaches that we have a God who cares so deeply for us that he longs to be part of our lives to bring forgiveness, healing and wholeness into our lives. Jesus wants to help us in our pain and sorrow, but we need to trust him first by allowing him into our lives by asking him to forgive us for those bad things that are in our lives. He can then begin to help us deal with our sorrows, and rejoice with us in our joys. If you choose to read The Shack, enjoy it, and maybe you might consider reading the Bible, which, not being fictional is the truth. Enjoy your reading. Jackie

Stradbroke Baptist Church, Laxfield Road Stradbroke, Suffolk

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Local Churches

All Saints, Stradbroke 31st May 7th June 14th June 21st June 28th June 5th July

Whitsun Parish Communion (DS) Holy Communion Family Service (JC) Benefice Communion at Horham Holy Communion Morning Prayer Holy Communion Festival Mattins at Athelington Family Communion (DS & JC)

10.00 am 8.00 am 10.00 am 11.15 am 8.00 am 11.15 am 8.00 am 11.00 am 10.00 am

All Saints Church Fund Raising Committee The Art Exhibition was well supported and was enjoyed by many visitors raising £1876.52. Thanks to all who helped by putting up screens to manning the church, with special thanks to Anne and Jeremy for all their help. The fashion show was also successful raising £204 and Janet, Pat, Dianne, Margaret and Mary ably modelled the clothes, which were from Polly’s Place. We have another Cake Stall on the 23rd May. The event for June is the Gardens Open on the 28th where 10 gardens will be on show between 11.00 am and 6.00pm with Coffee in the Rectory, and Cream Teas at the Old Doctors house. More Gardens to view would still be welcome so come on and open your garden to visitors by contacting me on 384642 for inclusion to the list. On July 24th we have a Flower Show with demonstrations by Jenny Baker and on the 25th 9.00 am until 1.00 pm, we have the Village Garage Trail around the village, where you can have a pitch for £5.00 and sell all your unwanted items for cash. There will be more details next month. Thank you for your help and support, Mary Ellis

The Rectory - Tel: 384363 Email: Church Website: Dear Friends, Our new Church website is now active at its new address. Please email me if you have difficulty reaching it. We are very pleased to be linked to the Village website, and to be members there, but we believe that we need our own also. Do visit it, take a look and send in your comments, and contributions to be included there. Redlingfield Church Flower Festival is on Saturday, Sunday & Monday 23rd – 25th May 10.00 am – 6.00 pm, with Evensong and the Benefice Choir at 6.30 pm on Sunday, and then I am off to Ipswich on Tuesday to make my entries for the Suffolk Show Flower Arrangement Competition on Wednesday and Thursday 27th and 28th May! The Stradbroke Games on Sunday, 7th June, 2.00 – 5.00 pm gives us a splendid chance to be active and energetic, and to raise funds for our groups and clubs. I shall be there raffling two cakes. There will be more flowers in the Church at Athelington on Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th June, as June 29th is St Peter’s Day. After Mattins at 11.00 am, there is a Lunch at Meadow Farm. Please ask me if you would like to buy tickets for the lunch. That Sunday, 28th June, is also our “Open Gardens Day” in Stradbroke, with Morning Coffee at The Rectory, and Cream Teas later for a real “Day Out” in our own village. The schedules for the Village Flower Show on Saturday, 22nd August, are now available from the Post Office. Please start preparing your entries, and direct any questions about it to Roly Copping, 21 Woodfields, Tel: 384839.` With all good wishes, David Streeter.

All Saints Church Cleaning, Thursday, 4th June, 10.00 am onwards. Margaret Streeter

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Street Farm, Laxfield Road

Telephone: 01379 384560 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Closed 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 6pm 8.30am - 4pm

Beauty Therapy Friday, 9am - 8pm We also have a Salon in Eye! “Sarah’s Hair Design” Telephone: 01379 871560

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Stradbroke Parish Council The Parish Pump!

NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: 08 June 2009 7.30pm At the Community Centre

Parish Council Meeting 11 May 2009 This was the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council and three members of the public attended. Now Velda Lummis has joined the council there is a vacant seat in the audience. Do come along. Ann Kerr was unanimously elected Chairman and, by a majority vote, Nick Stones was elected Vice Chairman. Members of the various working parties were elected for the 2009/10 term but all councillors can be approached on all subjects. They are here to help and promote the village. Planning The following decisions granting Planning Approval have been received from Mid Suffolk District Council: 0598/09 erection of a conservatory & porch Watermeadow Lodge, Neaves Lane 0209/09 erection of single storey extension to dwelling with re-roofing over flat roof adjacent 2 Rookery Cottages, Battlesea Green The following applications were for consideration: 1086/09 erection of replacement agricultural building Holly Tree Farm, Barley Green 1175/09 erection of first floor side extension above existing garage. Erection of conservatory to rear. 10 Bishops Way 0776/09 New garage/cart-lodge for both units including associated landscape (sic) Land south of White House Farm, Diss Road Approval was recommended unanimously for the above applications News Items There are ever more twists and turns in the drainage project. In order to satisfy the requirements of a grant application to the English Cricket Board (ECB) a specialist pitch consultant had to be called in to report on the Playing Field. A site visit has taken place. Changes to the original specification may be needed but the Council is assured that this will mean that the playing surface will be of more benefit to all users. It has been noted that the some young people have made “cycle ramps” and a “den” on the west side of the playing field. We understand that youngsters need to find outlets for their energy and areas to make their own however the cutting down of trees, digging of holes and cutting of turf from the playing field is unacceptable behaviour and unfair to other users. The situation is being resolved. The Council was pleased to offer its support to Don Darling’s ideas for a village games both as a fun event and as a selection run for the inter village sports team There have been many favourable comments on the new look magazine. The copier is working well and has greatly streamlined production. Next Meeting of the Parish Council: 08 June 2009 at 7.30pm Clerk to the Parish Council: Carol A Smy tel: 01379 384679 email: **please make any non-emergency calls to the Clerk between 0830 and 1800hrs Monday to Friday only**

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Life in the Legion Lt General Sir Christopher Wallace KCB DL was the Guest Speaker at the mid day monthly meeting of the branch. He had traveled all the way from his home in Hampshire to talk to us about The History of the Victoria Cross, and he brought along a sample of the medal for the 18 members present to see. It has so far been awarded to 1,358 servicemen. Committee Member Tom Moore, who had arranged the visit, thanked him for a most interesting talk. During the business part of the meeting I welcomed Fressingfield Branch Officers Ben Symonds and Nick Eade to the meeting together with Albert Daisley who lives in Laxfield. The recent H Group Meeting hosted by The Branch was discussed together with The Annual Suffolk County RBL Sponsored Walk at Rendlesham, and The Horham Bygones Rally at which the Branch will have a stand. Our new Branch Treasurer Roy Neil presented his first report. The next Branch Monthly Meeting will be on Thursday June 4th at 11.30 am and the Guest Speaker will be Michael Cole from Laxfield on his ‘Life Experiences’. Members please attend if you can. Michael Burton – Branch Chairman.

Margaret Lockwood Memorial Quiz The eighth annual quiz evening in memory of Margaret was held in the Community Centre on Friday May 1st 2009. The event was well supported with 14 tables competing for the shield. The winners on the night were Worligigs who came in at the last to defend and retain their title, our congratulations to them. Thank you to all who helped stage this event yet again, to Peter for manning the bar, Sue for selling raffle tickets and of course to Michael for helping to host the evening as question master. Grateful thanks to all the people who donated raffle prizes and to everyone who came and made the evening a success, including donations we raised £235.00 for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich. We look forward to seeing you all again next year! Julie Ward, Angela Rankin and Christine Brown

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If you want to know more about these and/or any other issues our advisers in Diss will be happy to help you in confidence and without prejudice.

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Stradbroke Women’s Institute

Our meeting in May certainly went with a swing! After the business of the evening was done, our president, Sue Grey, welcomed Anne Etheridge and her husband Mel, from Roydon, Anne had come to speak to us about her “Passion for Plants” and working alongside Alan Bloom at Bressingham. What a treat we had. Anne had brought to us a wonderful display of many plants, from foliage plants to damp loving plants and those that bask in the sun. We learned how to deal with the many slugs on our Hostas, in various ways, what to plant where and how to get the best displays from our gardens. We clamoured to buy her lovely plants just needing a never-ending chequebook! Joyce Lee gave a very deserved vote of thanks, thank you Joyce, and Carol Darling won the competition with her single flower. Well-done Carol! We had a visitor to our meeting, June Cooper, hope to see you again June – do join us. Our next meeting is on June 11th at 6.00 pm at Moat Edge, Cedar Close which is June Hampson’s house. It is our Annual Garden Meeting, and there will be plant stall – so please bring along any plants you have to sell. See you there, Iris Badcock, Press Secretary

Stradbroke Good Neighbours

Stradbroke Good Neighbours - All help is given free of charge.

Our phone number is 07749445531 :- Can we help you? Do you: Need your smoke alarm checked? Need a return journey to the surgery? Need a prescription collected? Need a light bulb changed? Need an odd job done? The only small charge we make is for petrol - £1.50 to Stradbroke and £2.50 to Fressingfield with a charge of 35p per mile for longer journeys. All other help is given free of charge We would appreciate at least 24 hours’ notice and look forward to being of service.

Neighbourhood Watch PC Tim Green intends to be in the library on Thursday 11 June 1100 to 1130 hours to meet members of the public who wish to discuss concerns with him. Over the last 2 months in central Suffolk, thieves have stolen sat navs, bags and stereos from 224 vehicles, 53 of which were unlocked at the time of theft. The public is advised to use lockable wheel nuts with alloy wheels, remove sat navs when not in use and keep shopping and valuables out of sight in parked vehicles. Park in garages, car parks with CCTV or in well lit streets. There have been several thefts of scrap metal in Hoxne recently. In each case the scrap metal was not in a secure compound or building. There have been several local cases in the last few months of people witnessing what they thought was suspicious activity, but not reporting anything until weeks after the event. As things have turned out, it would have been better if the incidents had been reported immediately.

“There have been several thefts of scrap metal in Hoxne recently. In each case the scrap metal was not in a secure compound or building. “

Please use the following numbers to contact Police: Crime and suspicious activity should be reported on the following numbers, preferably as it is happening: Emergencies: 999 Non-urgent calls charged at a local rate to the following police switchboards: 01473 613500 (first choice) or 01986 835300. I am your point of contact if you have any suggestions or concerns: 01379 388977 - Nick Thompson

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Therapeutic Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Hopi Ear Candles, LaStone Massage at Eye Complementary Medicine Centre 01379 870707

Drawing for all… Learning… Improving Enjoying… Weekly drawing groups for anyone interested in drawing… Relaxing and rewarding sessions for all levels of ability wanting to improve and come together to enjoy developing skills, techniques and observation… For further information please contact…

Dave Sumner on 01379 388238

Taking Lessons? Swim free!

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Organisations Stradbroke Local History Group

Stradbroke Local

If you have anything you would like included in the Village Archive please let us know. By email to or tel. 01379 388341

History Group

The SLHG Annual General Meeting took place on 6th May 2009 and the existing officers and committee members were re elected en bloc. One of the suggestions for the summer months was the recording and photographing of the tombstones in the church, churchyard and cemetery so that we have a good record before the weather gradually erodes the wording. So if you see a strange bunch of people crawling around the gravestones - its only us! The June meeting is a private group visit to the Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum which will take place on Wednesday 10th June. The cost is £2.50 per head for non members. We shall be leaving the Community Centre car park at 1.00pm and expect to be back there between 5.00pm and 6.00pm.

This is in Queens Head Street … do you know what is going on? Answer in next months magazine

The July meeting will be on Wednesday 1st July (leaving the Community Centre car park at 5.30pm—non members welcome cost £2.00 per head) when we shall be visiting Wingfield Church in the company of Roy Tricker who will be our guide

Afterwards we shall adjourn to the De La Pole Arms for some “refreshment” Mike Readman

Stradbroke & District Pre-School with Stradbroke Bumps, Babies & Toddler Group. Following the huge success of the 80’s Disco held last October; we shall be holding a ‘Skool Disco’ on Saturday 12th September at the Community Centre – more details to follow. Also, our Quiz Night on Friday 25th September and Christmas Bingo on Friday 27th November. Stradbroke Bumps, Babies and Toddler Group meets every Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00 during term time at the Community Centre. Later this year it Fundraising for Stradbroke & District Pre School will take place will be taken over by the Debenham Children’s Centre at The Community Centre and later, Eye. It will continue to run at the same time but with all new toys and craft activities. We would like to thank everyone for helping with setting-up, refreshments and craft, but a special thank you must go to Zoe Shears who has run the group for a number of years with minimal moaning! Louise Wilkinson, Committee Member.

Lottery Bonus Winners The winners were: 37 - Ms Bryant, 29 - Ms Bryant, 20 - Eileen Shelford, 12 – J. Sparkes £24 donated to Pudding Party, £48 donated to Community Centre, £24 donated to District Bowles Coffee Morning Mary Ellis

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Barn View, Wilby

Wheeled Digger, Mini Digger, Dumper. All types of excavation work undertaken. Tel Home: 01379 384641 Mobile Number 07775 716629

Antique Restoration Furniture, Clocks, and Barometers

Ian Brown


Reproduction Furniture Repairs & Bespoke Carpentry Undertaken Tel: 07881 942225 or 01379 852298 Laxfield Road, Stradbroke, Skilled Restoration & Carpentry since 1987

Corgi and Oftec registered plumbing and heating installer. Natural Gas, Oil and LPG installation or service work on domestic premises. Tel: 01379 388862 Mob: 07747 781709

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Suffolk Family Carers We are an independent charity, our services are free! A Family Carer is defined as any age; ‘looking after’ a relative, friend, partner, parent/s or child/siblings who cannot manage without them because of illness, age or physical, learning or mental health difficulties. Many Family Carers, care for more than one person. The main concerns are when caring impacts on every part of the Family Carers’ life. It is then, especially, that support is needed which is more focused, planned, and often outside the home, with a complete break from the caring role. This we know sustains situations, otherwise there would be many more people cared for in residential homes, hospitals and other establishments. Please call our Helpline for more information; 01473 232679 or visit our website;

Letters to the Editor “Sir, A couple of months ago I mentioned trying to get an allotment going in Stradbroke, I had a lot of interest and would like to know if anyone could help me look into taking the idea further as it seems that there may be grants available, I don't have much spare time and would like to get on with it. Also I have been contacted by Mid Suffolk District Council asking me to carry out an orchard field survey in this parish and wondered if anyone would like to help me with this. For more information please contact me on 01379 384778. Many thanks, Luke Heydon” Sir, “On behalf of Stradbroke Sports and Community Centre can I say a huge thanks firstly to the W.I. for their magnificent contribution of £580.50, the proceeds of their Craft Fair, towards the “Kitchen Refurbishment Fund” and secondly to Tony Potts and The Table Tennis Club for their very-much-appreciated £75. And we mustn’t forget “Mary’s Lottery” and the £45s we have received. Together with financial help from the Parish Council and The Stradbroke Charitable Trust we are planning to get the refurbished kitchen completed during the summer months. We would also like to see the main hall floor sanded and re-sealed; it is looking a little bit bare! Thank you to everyone who supports The Community Centre; it is a very important village asset. Margaret Streeter, Secretary.”

Forthcoming Events Stradbroke Wingfield & Syleham Branch of the Conservative Association Invite you to meet Sir Michael Lord, our MP, and Lady Lord at a Buffet Lunch on Saturday 13th June at 12 noon for 12.30 in Stradbroke Community Centre. Tickets cost £10, which includes a glass of wine, and must be obtained in advance by the 5th June at the latest from The Secretary Jeremy Higgins The Chantry Queen St Stradbroke IP21 5HG. Telephone 01379 384300. There will be a draw with very good prizes, a sales Table for Cakes and Seasonal Produce, and of course excellent food. If payment is made by cheque it should be made out to ‘The Stradbroke Conservative Branch.’ Jeremy Higgins


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Tel/Fax: 01379 388174

Stradbroke Post Office Newspapers & Magazines delivered in the village on weekdays and on Sundays.

ToysGreeting CardsGift Wrap  Stationery  Tobacco  Confectionery  Drinks Fresh Milk  Films & Developing Computer Supplies  National Lottery Instants  Most books and multimedia CD ROM to order  A broad range of Suffolk and Local Interest books.  Videos, Magazines and Maps in stock. A full list and postal service available. POST OFFICE SERVICES INCLUDE: GIROBANK, NATIONAL SAVINGS, DVLA, FOREIGN CURRENCY, etc QUEENS STREET Tel 384257

Forthcoming Events

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Cheese and Wine Party Stradbroke Tennis Club will be holding their annual Cheese and Wine Evening on Saturday 13th June 2009 at 7.30pm in Stradbroke Community Centre. This is always an enjoyable evening when villagers can get together for a couple of glasses of wine and plenty of food. Tickets are available from John Bedwell (01379 384796) or from Stradbroke Post Office. Please come along and have a good time John Bedwell

Stradbroke Business & Enterprise College Farmers Market - Saturday 6th June 2009 – 9.00am – 12.30pm We hope to be holding a special drinks event alongside our Farmers’ Market. We hope Shawsgate Vineyard of Framlingham who will offer wine tasting and sales will join us. We also plan to bring in representatives from local micro breweries. It should provide a great opportunity to buy and taste local beverages. Grand Summer Fayre / Farmers Market / Crafts / Car Boot Sale Saturday 4th July 2009 – 11.30 – 2.30pm On Saturday 4th July we are holding a Grand Summer Fayre providing family fun and entertainment. Please make a note of the date and time in your diaries! The event will provide local crafts, car boot pitches, locally produced goods, displays, music, entertainment, raffles, tombola, food and drink. If you would like a car boot pitch / craft stall pitch please contact Linda James on 01379 384387.

Support the Tennis Club at their Village Cheese and Wine Party, 13th June.

Unique Folk Band to play at Sibton A unique kind of folk band will be playing at Sibton Church on Saturday 20 June, treating music lovers to a melodic and very different type of music to many local concerts. The Hurd, headed up by Steve Lock, play medieval and new tunes, but also some traditional ones, on a hurdy gurdy, guitar, bassoon, soprano sax. and a recorder. They will start their musical performance at 7pm, and tickets at £10 each include ‘nibbles’ and a free glass of wine. Tickets are available from Creaseys the butcher in Peasenhall or by telephoning Rosie/Di on 01728 660369/660236. Car parking will be on the meadow the Yoxford side of the church. All proceeds will go to the Friends of St Peter’s at Sibton. Rosie Norton

Fressingfield Art Club We are holding a Coffee Morning & Sale of Paintings and Drawings. Friday, 5th. June - 12 noon. In the Sancroft Hall Come and snap up a masterpiece and why not try your hand with brush and paint! In aid of The Children's Society. Margaret Streeter.

SBEC Grand Summer Fayre brings Stradbroke’s second Car Boot sale this year!

Friend’s of All Saints Stradbroke. We will be holding a “Summer Garden Lunch” at the Frythe Barn, Wootten Green, on Saturday 11th July at 12.00 noon. A limited number of tickets will be available from the Post Office in early June, priced at £15.00 per person, which includes two glasses of wine. There will also be a raffle held on the day. We are also holding our AGM on Wednesday the 15th July at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre and anyone will be welcome to attend. Please come along and find out what we do and how we raise funds and any new ideas to help in this are always welcome! Margaret Buckland.

Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of The Stradbroke Sports and Community Centre, Wilby Road, is to be held in the Centre on Wednesday, 3rd. June, 7.30 pm. All Welcome. Margaret Streeter, The Secretary.

FOASS Summer Garden Lunch coming up in July!

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Forthcoming Events

Stradbroke Area Contact Club We would all like to thank Dee very much for the hospitality and kindness she showed to us on our recent visit on the 5th May, and for all the lovely food, which we all enjoyed. On Tuesday 30th June 2009 we have a trip out to Sheringham. There are a few spare seats on the coach. If anyone would like to join us, the coach will leave the Community Centre at 10.00am arriving back home by 6.00pm. The cost will be £8.00 per person. To book please ring Stella on 01379 384704. Stella Goddard.

Horham Bygones Country Rally Saturday, June 13, 2009, 10am-5pm. Horham Bygones Country Rally looks as if it is going to be bigger and better than ever this year. Originally started in 2002 as a one-off event to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee the rally has gone from strength to strength and become an annual feature in the small Suffolk village of Horham between Eye and Stradbroke. The event on Saturday June 13th 2009 from 10am until 5pm - was hoping to attract more than 100 historic tractors for the first time this year but early entries mean organisers are setting their sights on up to 150 machines. The tractors will join historic military vehicles, cars and motorcycles as well as working horses and mules. As well as being a big draw for anyone who wants to see old farm machines and horses in action it is also big fun day for all the family as there will also be fairground rides for smaller children and a car boot sale among other attractions. Last year approximately 1,500 people attended. Not only does the event generate much needed funds for the Horham Community Council it also offers charities, including the Royal British Legion, East Anglian Children’s Hospice, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Millennium Farm Trust and Parakeet Rescue, the opportunity to attend, free of charge, in order to promote their organisations and raise funds. Horham Bygones Country Rally is on Horham & Athelington Recreation Field on the B1117 between Eye and Stradbroke. Admission: adults £4, concessions £2, family ticket £10, accompanied under 5s free. There will be free parking with a dedicated disabled parking area. Contact for rally information: Gary Woodrow 01379 740496. Contact for car boot only (all pitches must be pre-booked): Ron Chambers 01728 685583. Visit for more information.

'The HideOut' 'The HideOut' (formerly known as Stradbroke Youth Centre) from Stradbroke are getting on their bikes on Sunday 12th July 2009 to help prevent cruelty to children. By burning rubber as part of the NSPCC’s ‘Big Bike Ride’ , 'The Hideout' is helping to fund crucial services such as ChildLine and the Child Protection Helpline. Last year, the Child Protection Helpline received over 120,000 calls from children and adults. But the NSPCC is not able to answer every call because a cash injection is desperately needed. ChildLine volunteer counsellors are only able to answer just over half of all calls from vulnerable young people. 'The Hideout' said: “We are doing the big bike ride because as young people we feel it really valuable, supporting vulnerable children within our country and we want to help raise funds to support the NSPCC’s vital services for children. The more people who take part in Stradbroke, the more children we can help.” On ‘Big Bike Ride’ weekend - 27-29 June - Our club 'The Hideout' will join hundreds of groups of bike riding friends, families and colleagues who’ll be using pedal power to raise thousands of pounds to put a full stop to child cruelty. Georgina Gunn, ‘Big Bike Ride’ project manager, said: “The ‘Big Bike Ride’ attracts cyclists of all ages and abilities - from lycra-clad enthusiasts to small children on trikes. Organising your own bike ride, could not be easier,” continued Georgina, “People of all ages and abilities are welcome to take part, whether they arrange a bike ride for friends in a local park or a muddy high-energy mountain bike trail in the country. Any distance makes a difference to children and young people who are dealing with the trauma of abuse.” For more information on organising your own bike ride or joining an NSPCC ‘Big Bike Ride’ event, visit: or call: 0845 130 3073. To sponsor 'The Hideout' please contact Abbie Dunn Tel: 01986 798 848 M: 07881 60 60 50

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Jane Everitt Pulham Pest Control & Garden Services Wasps, Mice, Rats, Moles & Rabbits For friendly and professional Service phone 01379 676245

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Stradbroke News & Views

Swine Flu In light of the developing situation around swine flu cases in Mexico, the US and some other countries, NHS Suffolk would like to reassure members of the public that the risk of catching this influenza is very low. NHS Suffolk has begun rolling out the Department of Health’s guidance and Health Protection Agency's advice to ensure that frontline staff are prepared should cases be confirmed in the UK. The government has a stockpile of antiviral drugs (such as Tamiflu and Relenza) which should be sufficient to treat up to 50 per cent of the population if they become ill – a reasonable worst case scenario. We have been preparing our plans for a number of years and are among the most prepared countries in the world. The health secretary has said that the drugs have been shown to be effective if given in good time. In Suffolk we are putting the necessary plans in place to ensure their distribution if this situation becomes necessary. It continues to be the case that anyone who has visited one of the countries or areas where human cases of influenza have been identified should monitor their health closely for seven days after the visit to the affected area. If during this period they develop a feverish illness accompanied by one or more of cough, sore throat, headache and muscle aches, they should stay at home and contact their GP by phone or seek advice from NHS Direct (0845 4647). Dr Brian Keeble, consultant in public health medicine at NHS Suffolk said: “We are working closely with our colleagues in the Health Protection Agency, and our partners in the NHS East of England to monitor the situation. There are no known cases of swine flu in Suffolk.”General infection control practices and good hand hygiene can help to stop the spread of all viruses, including the human strain of swine influenza. This includes covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible, disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully, maintaining good basic hygiene for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people. Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product and finally, making sure your children follow this advice. Mid Suffolk Council

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Sports Roundup

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Stradbroke Football Club Stradbroke 1st team ensured 2nd Division SIL football next season by beating near neighbours Hoxne 3 – 1. The reserves were relegated to Division 6. The Presentation Evening was held at the Suffolk Room on May 2nd with trophies being presented to: 1st Player of the Year – Bobby Varela, 2nd Player of the Year – Neville Oliver, Young Player of the Year – Greg Smith, Most Improved Player - Joel Goodchild, Club Person – Jim Barker, Horse of the Year – Craig Smith, The Edwin Warne Trophy – Craig Smith. Thanks were extended to all who keep the club running so smoothly all season and our sponsors, Transam, The Queens Head and Dave Penycate. The May Cash Bingo raised £60 with the next one on 12th June at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre. The Football Club’s AGM. is on the 1st June in the Sports Pavilion at 8.00 pm and all are welcome. The Annual Jumble Sale raised £227,41 and we hope to have a Car Boot Sale at the Horham Country Fair on the 13th June, so any saleable items welcome. Thanks for all your help and support,. Mary Ellis

...and now a word from the SAS ! Last month I told you about our plans for the Inter Village Games. These are now well advanced for the week of June 20th to 28th. We are still looking for a couple of good crib players and someone who can throw “arrows from the oche” (darts). There are also still opportunities in the Rounders team and the 5 a Side (under 16) Football Squad, so get in touch if you are interested; you will be very welcome. However, that’s not what I want to tell you about today – the breaking news is that the SAS are organising ‘The Stradbroke Games’. These will be our very own games for Stradbroke families and friends; a games where everyone can get involved, for both the old and young, the boys and girls, the fit and ... yes, the unfit too! We expect some of our events may even catch the eager eye of Seb Coe, the Chairman of the Olympic Committee, as I don’t get it… potential contenders for 2012 games. So why not come and try your hand, foot he’s no faster but he always or any other part of your anatomy at events such as Olympic Welly Throwing wins... or a Willy Wonka Wheelbarrow race! Alternatively there’s the Penalty Shoot-out for budding Rooneys and, especially for wheelie fans, there’s the slow bike race. If, on the other hand, you fancy an omelette for lunch, try the egg throwing competition! And much, much more. The afternoon of fun and frivolity for all the family, with a bit of competition thrown in, will take place on Sunday June 7th. It will be a great afternoon event for all. The SAS have chosen a really local and intimate venue for the games – The Green at Westhall. This is a central location in the community and within easy walking distance of everyone in the village. And there’s more; because there’s no Village Fête this year, the SAS are also inviting all the local societies and clubs to have a promotional stall at the games - just like the Fête, but free to all. So, if you are a club or society and want to do some fundraising or promotional activity at the event, just let me know and we’ll provide the tables and space for you to set up your stall. So make it a day to remember and join the SAS at Westhall on June 7th at 2.00 – 5.00 p.m. Who are the SAS? - Why not come along and find out! Don’t forget, your village needs you! Don Darling (388098 or

Stradbroke & District Bowls Club. A big thank you to the Cricket Club for organising the Car Boot Sale held on the playing field on the 4th May, which was the Bank Holiday Monday. It was a dry but cold day and we were delighted to raise approximately £82 for the maintenance of the green, which was most welcome. We also met some very friendly and interesting people and hope that the Car boot sale will be organised again. Our Matches have started and the results are as follows: Waveney Triples League: Played Stradbroke White Hart Lost Played Pulham Market Won Played Diss Causeway Lost Played Bedingham Lost Saxmundham League: Played Saxmundham Town Won Played Laxfield Lost Mixed fortunes so far, but it’s early days yet and we hope the weather together with our results will improve! The Coffee Morning at Pump Cottage (Mary & Michael Ellis’s home) is yet to come. Lily Lofts

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Sports Roundup

Stradbroke Tennis Club The season is now under way and Stradbroke Tennis Club has, this year, entered 2 teams in the Lowestoft Leagues and 2 teams in the South Norfolk Leagues. Match nights are Monday through to Thursdays and Club Nights are on the Friday. The Club are always pleased to see new members of any standard, so if you are interested , why not come along on a Friday evening (7.00pm onwards) where you will be most welcome. If you require further information please phone John Bedwell on 01379 384796. Our “ Annual Cheese and Wine Evening” this year will be held on Saturday 13th June in the Community Centre starting at 7.30 pm. Tennis Coaching – the Club is fortunate in having a highly LTA qualified tennis coach who is available for either individual or group coaching, so if you want to improve your game please contact Tim Bedwell, LTA Tennis Coach on 01379 384 796 J. Bedwell

Stradbroke White Hart Bowls Club With the weather on our side we have had an unusually sunny start to the season and some good early results. In the Upper Waveney League we won our first three matches before losing a close fought match at Gissing, last seasons champions. Upper Waveney League W (home) White Hart 93 Stradbroke and District 44 W (away) White Hart 62 Bedingfield 57 W (home) White Hart 68 Thorndon 60 L (away) White Hart 63 Gissing 70 Mid Suffolk League W (away) White Hart 86 Fressingfield 49 L (home) White Hart 67 Dennington 77 Club Competitions The first club trophy of the season, the Alec Abbott Cup was won by Mike Smith with Les Ruth runner up. The Anson Trophy was won by Jim “the hat” May with Les Ruth again runner up. In the County Competitions Trevor Loane has gone through to the next round of the 3 wood singles as has Les Ruth. On the pub front we are hopeful that the sale of the White Hart pub will have gone through by the time you read this and will be re-opening later this summer. More news in next months magazine Mike Readman

Stradbroke Cricket Club For those of us whose medical brief is to relax and not get too excited, following Stradbroke in the first month of the season has tested that mantra to the limit. Game after game has seen close finishes. The 1st XI started where they left off last year, bowling out Stowupland for 126 (James Ling 5 for 19). Josh Franklin-Mann(37) Dan Tompkins(31) & Michael Hugman(28) finished the job. The less said about the mauling by Thurston, the better, but they came back strongly. After bowling out Nowton for 187(Ling 4 for 36), Tompkins(34), Ling(21), Ben Flatt(21) kept Stradbroke up with the rate, leaving James Grigg(40) to see them home by 1 wicket. The A Team soon adjusted to life in the top league. 136 (Simon Higgins 29, Joe Pearson 28) was too rich for Caribbeans who made just 84(Alex Sharratt 3 for 16). Champions Sudbourne Hall were next. After scoring 178 (Steve Warner 4 for 26), David Allum(56), Higgins(58), & Stuart Taylor(34) saw Stradbroke home. A third straight win was denied by BT, in the very last over. Chasing 225, Allum(41), Higgins(29), Taylor(21), & Ling (36) came up just 3 runs short. The B Team, Academy, & Girls have yet to start their league games, but the youth teams have all played a cup game. The Under 15’s were well beaten at Easton, an inexperienced under 11 side narrowly lost to Kesgrave, but the Under 13’s went to Bury St Edmunds and won with some ease, restricting the home side to just 94, then knocking off the runs (Liam Smith 30, Lewis Taylor 25, Kieran Allum 15). Chance to Shine coaching has started in the local Primary Schools, the spin off being more than 20 youngsters attending Friday Night club coaching. Off the field the much-awaited Car Boot Sale was a great success. 44 pitches were taken, and the event was well supported by the good people of the village. The Cricket Club’s vision in hosting what may well become an annual event was rewarded with another £475 going to the drainage fund. There is hardly time to draw breath. Michael Hugman

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Gardeners Notes June is a high point in any garden. Even our garden (neglected as it is) is a pleasure to be in. We have been enjoying some lovely weather even if a little dry, so far there is still moisture in the ground especially if you mulched your beds in winter, not only does it keep moisture in, it feeds the plants and stops most of the weeds. As we go into June the demand on water by plants will increase so keep an eye out for lax leaves, especially on newly planted things including trees and shrubs planted in the winter. Water generously, (not too often), this encourages good deep roots, morning or evening is best, if you do water when the sun is out avoid splashing the leaves as it can scorch the leaves particularly plants that are more used to shady conditions like Japanese Maples. If it stays dry don’t be tempted to cut your grass too short as it is more likely to go brown. Plants in pots need to be watered regularly and it makes a huge difference to have trays under the pot. Also remember to feed them as the compost in the pots doesn’t hold nutrients long. When this comes out Chelsea Flower Show will have finished, and like Wimbledon tennis, it will inspire people to get gardening for at least a week or two, there is an expression called ‘the Chelsea chop’ which you sometimes hear, this refers to cutting the tops off (4 - 6 inches) some herbaceous perennials particularly later flowering ones to encourage more flowers, stronger, shorter stems and slightly later flowering. I have found this works really well with campanula, perennial helianthus, echinacea and lencamthemum to name a few, it takes a bit of nerve. It’s time to plant out tender plants and even house plants will benefit from an airing outside. When planting out runner beans I tend to sow a seed next to the plant in case it gets eaten by slugs. Keep sowing salads and make sure you give rhubarb plenty of water as it has been so dry. It has been a good year for rhubarb because it was so wet last year followed by a cold winter. If you have a greenhouse keep it well ventilated and wet down the floor, this keeps the humidity up and helps stop red spiders attacking things. When it’s dry hoe regularly to stop weeds. Developing plants to look out for this month, Delphiniums are well worth the trouble, ‘Guinevere Group’ is a beautiful rose lavender colour, Alliums add a different dimension to a border, Agapanthus campanulatus is fantastic in a pot and requires very little watering, Nepata ‘Walker’s Low’ is a long flowering front of the border plant and stipa tenuissima is a very tactile low growing grass that should be planted where it catches the evening sun for maximum impact. Finally, it’s a great time of year to get out for a walk or drive and see the countryside, I spotted a herd of 12 red deer at Sibton recently and my children were boating at Thorpeness with their grandparents and saw an otter. “agapanthus campanulatus” I am told that we also have wild boar in this area, which would be quite a sight. Enjoy your gardens. Luke


Diary for Late May 21st Holy Communion for Ascension Day, All Saints, 7.30pm 23rd 25th Flower Festival at Redlingfield Church, 10.00am – 6.00pm 23rd ASCFRC Cake Stall in the Village, early morning 24th An 11 mile walk around Stradbroke starting from the Community centre at 10.30am 26th Contact Club meets in the Community Centre at 10.00am 26th All About Tithes, Before & After the Commutation Act, SFHS Community Centre at 7.30pm 27th Drop in for Coffee at the Baptist Church Hall 10.00am – 11.30am 31st Parish Communion for Whitsunday, All Saints, 10.00am Diary for June 1st Stradbroke Football Club A.G.M. in the Sports Pavilion at 8.00pm 2nd Contact Club meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 2nd Badminton Club meets each Tuesday in the SBEC Sports Hall at 8.00pm 3rd Stradbroke Sports and Community Centre A.G.M. 7.30pm 3rd Chess Club meets every Wednesday in the Diss Cue Club at 7.30pm 3rd Table Tennis Club meets each Wednesday in the Community centre at 7.30pm 4th All Saints Church Cleaning, 10.00am onwards. 4th Royal British Legion meeting at the King Head Laxfield at 11.30am 4th Over 60’s Club trip to Seacroft Holiday Club, Hemsby 10.00am Community Centre 5th Fressingfield Arts Club Coffee Morning In the Sancroft Hall 10.00am – 12.00pm 6th Farmers Market at the SBEC campus 9.00am – 12.30pm 7th S.A.S. Games Westhall at 2.00pm – 5.00pm see inside for info 8th Parish Council Meeting in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 9th Contact Club meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 10th Note:- The Cameo lunch in the Baptist Church Hall has been cancelled this month 10th SLHG - Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum leaving 1pm. See inside for info. 11th P.C. Tim Green will be in the Library from 11.00am – 11.30am 11th W.I. Annual Garden Meeting at Moat Edge, Cedar Close. 6.00pm onwards 12th Cash Bingo iao Stradbroke Football Club in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 13th Horham Bygones Country Rally 10.00am – 5.00pm 13th Conservative Association’s Buffet Lunch in the Community Centre 12 for 12.30pm 13th Stradbroke Tennis Club’s Cheese and Wine Evening, Community Centre at 7.30pm 16th Contact Club meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 18th Over 60’s Club meet in the Community Centre at 2.00pm 19th *****All July Articles Strictly in By This Date Please****** 20th Folk Music at Sibton Church. 7.00pm onwards 20th Start of Inter-Village Sports, which runs until the 28th See inside magazine for info 23rd Contact Club meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 23rd “They are not there” Using Census Indexes, SFHS, Community Centre at 7.30pm 24th Drop in for Coffee in the Baptist Church Hall at 10.00am – 11.30am 25th Evening walk to Doggetts & Battlesea Green area. Community Centre 6.45pm 28th Stradbroke “Gardens Open”. Guide from the Church, 11.00am until 6.00pm 30th Contact Club outing to Sheringham leaving the Community Centre at 10.00am Diary for Early July 1st SLHG Wingfield Church tour. Leaving Community Centre at 5.30pm. 2nd “Evening walk”, past Stradbroke Mill out to Pixey Green. Community Centre 6.45pm 4th Grand Summer Fayre / Farmers Market / Crafts / Car Boot Sale SBEC at 11.30am 9th “Evening walk”, to Wootten Green, Neaves Lane to Wilby. Community Centre 6.45pm 11th FOASS Summer Garden Lunch at Frythe Barn, Wootten Green starts 12.00pm 12th Big Bike Ride. See inside magazine for info.

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The Stradbroke Monthly - June 2009  
The Stradbroke Monthly - June 2009  

The Stradbroke Monthly - June 2009