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May 2009 No. 347

New Stradbroke Website launched! The village website at has been around for 4 years now – a long time in the world of the Internet! On Friday 10th April at 12 noon, as part of the Easter Weekend Music Marathon the new village website was launched! The new site offers: •‘Social Networking’ features, you can easily have your own personal web page on the site and engage with other site members; •You can upload photos and videos directly onto the site - already there are lots of photos of ‘old’ Stradbroke including the very dramatic fire in the fish and chip shop! •New online village directory which allows you to add your own group or local business; •View the Stradbroke Monthly online as if it had just landed on the mat! Turn the pages with a click of your mouse! •Have a page for your village group or local business; •Submit your own events for the online Village Diary; •Share content with Facebook, Flickr and other sites you may already me a member of! •Keep up to date with all the local news and views!

Inside this issue: Local Churches


Parish Pump




Letters to the Editor


Forthcoming Events


Sports Roundup


Gardeners Notes


Did you know? • This new site is the fourth version of the village website which first launched in 1999! Find out more and see the “old” websites online at • There were about 400 members of the third Stradbroke website! • The website has developed a very friendly and active Family History forum with visitors from around the world researching their ancestors who came from Stradbroke . • Stradbroke is the only Suffolk village, that we know about, that has its own online Radio station! Radio Stradbroke started broadcasting Easter 2006 and continues to stream to the village regularly. • Each month around 1500 different users visit! So come and have a look! See what other people and groups have done so far, Join in and join up to your village website - it really is a case of ‘the more the merrier’! See you online! Stradbroke Village Website Team - 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

Our Sunday worship commences at 10.15am. During this time together, we hold Junior Church most Sundays and offer tea, coffee and biscuits after the service, which gives folk time to chat. Speakers for May 3 Sue Sealley 10 Sue Sealley 17 John Ling Family Worship 24 John Ling 31 John Ling Pentecost Cameo Lunch is held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12.30am. We have good food, and plenty of it, quizzes and an assortment of entertainment and is open to all so why not join us? Contact 384112 or 388173 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 22nd April Holy Spirit? If you have ever wondered about who the Holy Spirit is, and what He does, then we welcome you to our series on the Holy Spirit, which John Ling will be teaching about on the 3rd 4th and 5th Sunday of this month of May. There has always been some controversy about this subject, and some teaching has sometimes been a bit “off key” and occasionally a bit “wacky” but we believe that the Holy Spirit is part of the trinity of God, and holds equality with God the Father and with Jesus the Son. Don’t understand? Then come and hear what the bible teaches about the Holy Spirit. We welcome anyone who wants to join us in worship at any of our services, and look forward to YOUR company. Jackie

Stradbroke Baptist Church, Laxfield Road Stradbroke, Suffolk

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Local Churches

All Saints, Stradbroke

26th April 29th April – 4th May 3rd May 10th May 10th - 16th 14th May 17th May 21st May 24th May 31st May 7th June

Holy Communion Sunday Half-Hour (GJ) Art Exhibition in the Church Holy Communion Benefice Communion at Athelington Christian Aid Week Archdeacon’s Visitation at Laxfield Holy Communion (Rogation Sunday) Morning Prayer (DS) Ascension Day Communion Holy Communion Morning Prayer (DS) Whitsun Parish Communion (DS) Holy Communion Family Service (JC)

8.00 am 10.00 am 8.00 am 10.00 am 7.30 pm 8.00 am 11.15 am 7.30 pm 8.00 am 11.15 am 10.00 am 8.00 am 10.00 am

All Saints Church Fund Raising Committee The Quiz Evening took place but, unfortunately, the Primary School had one on the same evening. We raised £80.60 and thanks must go to B. Moore for the questions and to B. Goffee for Question Master. The Art Exhibition will be in full swing by the time you read this in the magazine; please do come and admire other people’s talent. I have 5 “Gardens Open” at present on the 28th June and more gardens are needed. Teas and Coffee will be served during the opening. On May 7th at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre we are having a fashion show hosted by Polly’s Place from Harleston. Come along and choose your summer outfit. Tickets are available form the Post Office Thank you for your support, Mary Ellis

The Rectory - Tel: 384363 Email: Church Website: Dear Friends, Take note, please, that our church website has a new address - and a new format! Do find it and look at all the pages. It will be developing and growing every day. The internet provides an amazing and most useful means of communication of which we must take full advantage, not only to keep in touch effectively with all who visit the site, but also to use this wonderful opportunity to advertise our events and qualities. There is much that is good about All Saints, and that is getting better. Attendance at services and the collections are growing. Will you help to sustain that increase? Our Art Exhibition and Sale of Pictures opens with the Preview on Wednesday, 29th April, at 7.00 pm, and has five more days from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. With nearly 400 pictures, twenty Stradbroke artists, six village views and three of the church, please make sure you and others come through our church doors over those six days Do put Saturday, 27th June, 2.00 – 6.00 pm, in your diary. Bishop Nigel and others are staging a multi-media event at Athelington Hall called “Being the Church”. We must not miss it when it is taking place in one of our own four parishes. Please ask me for more information, and for a free ticket. All are welcome to go. Christian Aid Week is May 10th – 16th. our main fund raising for this international charity is at Harvest Festival time, but do this week, please, support the QUIZAID at Laxfield Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Friday, 15th May. To enter a team, four at £5.00 each, call Bill Shuttle on 01986 798135 or email For more news of our church activities, visit the website: With all good wishes, David Streeter. Church Cleaning will be on the Church Cleaning - Thursday, 7th. May, 10.00 am .

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!

Parish Council Meeting

NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: 06 April 2009 7.30pm At the Community

06 April 2009

Planning The following decisions granting Planning Approval have been received from Mid Suffolk District Council: 4014/08 erection of 3 new dwellings and garages Land at Street Farm, Laxfield Road 0515/09 erection of a conservatory 7 Eastlands 0216/09 rebuilding existing chimney stack demolished by previous owner Fir Cottage, Church Street The following applications were for consideration: 0213/09 change of use of land to touring caravan and camping site, erection of toilet, storage and reception building, construction of internal roadway and alterations to existing vehicular access Hall Farm Meadow, Stradbroke Road, Horham. This item was not proceeding and so was not discussed. 0598/09 erection of conservatory & porch Watermeadow Lodge, Neaves Lane Approval was recommended unanimously for the above application Tree Preservation Order - for ash tree on land near Silver Glade, Doctors Lane; the Parish Council had no comment to make. News Items Recycling news: there are now bins in place at the recycling point for tetra paks so please make use of them and slim your bin! Dog Fouling: Yet again people have been allowing their dogs to foul the pavement outside the primary school. Please be aware that dog faeces can transmit a very nasty disease so apart from the unpleasantness of having to clean the debris from shoes this anti social mess can have far-reaching consequences for very small children. Allowing dogs to foul pavements is an offence so please clean up after your pet. Vacancy The vacancy for a councillor was filled at the April meeting. Five people put their names forward, which was really outstanding and there was one other enquiry. The Chairman and Councillors would like to thank everyone for their interest in serving the community. Velda Lummis was voted on to the Council for the remainder of the term until the next election The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council: 11 May 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**

* * * STOP PRESS! ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 13 APRIL 2009 * * * The Annual Parish Meeting was attended by 29 members of the public and reports were presented by various organisations in the village. The Chairman, Ann Kerr, welcomed everyone opened proceedings with her annual report which gave all present an overview of Parish Council activity during 2008/9. She gave an update on the musings of the Boundary Committee which is taking further comment until 14 May 2009 so, if you have not yet done so, there is still time to make your voice heard. Please contact the Clerk if you wish to have details of ways to contact the Boundary Committee. Cllrs McGregor and Gemmill also gave brief reports on activities at Suffolk County Council and Mid Suffolk District Council respectively. Mike Readman gave a very interesting presentation on the history of the Stradbroke Monthly which illustrated just how far the magazine has progressed over its 20 years (and how little some things change). James Hargrave demonstrated the new website ( This looked stunning and very user friendly. All groups in the village can have their own page within the site so it really is a one-stop shop for information about Stradbroke. It is hoped that training will be offered in the very near future so groups will be able to manage their own pages. Crime remains low, organisations are very active, the primary school is busy and the churchyard will soon be looking very bright and open when the two conifers are removed and the wild life area begins to take shape. Thanks go to Luke Heydon for his support and advice on the wildlife project.

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Life in the Legion 86 Members and Guests, who came from a wide area attended our 23rd Annual Branch Dinner. Our oldest guest was Percy Mason from Wickham Market who was born and bred in the village and is 92 years old. The Caterers were Rich Pickings from Harleston. I gave the Legion Tribute at the start with mention made of five members who had passed away during the past year. Branch Chaplain Rev’d David Streeter said ‘Grace’ and speeches were made by The Rev’d Ben Sasada, chaplain of the Diss RBL Branch, Peter Gipson from Bacton ,the immediate past County RBL Chairman, John Graham our Vice-Chairman, and John Elliott from the Hoxne RBL Branch. Our Dinner theme this year was ‘Our Future’. Our President Ted Bootle presented branch Standard Bearer Ian Bushnell with the Ken Richardson Memorial Shield, and I presented The Tommy Campbell-Preston Memorial Tankard to Albert Siggers. All the Ladies present received Gift Wrapped Pot Plants, and John and Jill Graham ran a draw, which raised £204. The Guest Speaker at the April Meeting was Roger Plant, who is The Governor of ‘Warren Point’ Prison in Suffolk. It was a most interesting talk and I gave the Vote of Thanks on behalf of the 14 members present. The highlight of the business part of the meeting was the welcome of our New Branch Treasurer Roy Neil who lives in the village. We all wish him well in office. Thanks to all those who helped with the Dinner was given, and Jeremy Higgins presented the Accounts as the past Acting Treasurer. Dates are now fixed for the Coffee Morning, and the next Committee Meeting. Details were given for The County Walk, Horham Bygones, and the next H Group Meeting on the 23rd April at 7.30 pm to be hosted by The Branch at The Laxfield King’s Head. We are hoping to arrange a visit in September to Halsey House the RBL Home in Cromer. The Guest Speaker at our next Branch Meeting on the 7th May at 11.30 am at The Laxfield King’s head will be Lt. General Sir Christopher Wallace, who is the Chairman of The Royal Green Jackets Museum. Michael Burton – Branch Chairman

Over 60’s We had a very pleasant afternoon on 2nd April with an Easter Bingo, followed by a cup of tea with hot cross buns and our usual raffle and auction. Our next meetings will be on Thursday 7th May and 21st May. On Thursday 4th June we will have a trip out to Seacroft Holiday Centre at Hemsby where we will have a 3 course carvery lunch with a little entertainment to follow. If anyone would like to join us for the day the coach will leave the Community Centre at 10.00am arriving back home by 6.00pm. The cost will be £11 inclusive . To book please ring Joan 388723 or Eileen 384955 Joan Grimes

The Diss, Thetford & District CAB Shelfanger Rd, Diss:

01379 651333

There are changes and alerts happening all the time which effect the decisions we all make. This month, highlighted on the advice website are the following: • Mortgage arrears—help is at hand • Flexible working rights extended • Resolving disputes at work • Free prescriptions for cancer patients Email: Registered in England & Wales no 04212031 Charity reg no.1089052

• Facing eviction? - In England

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

The Easter Fayre, held in early April, was a great success raising the grand total of £580.50. Our President, Sue Grey, present Wendy Reeves a cheque for this amount to go towards replacing the kitchen units in the Community Centre. Frances Hert spoke to us at our April meeting on Venice Waterways. She gave us a fascinating insight into how Venice originated, how the Opera House burned down in 1996, right through to the singing Gondoliers of today! Many of us were reminded of our memorable holidays there. Irene Rogers gave the vote of thanks for us, well-done Irene, and Wendy Reeves won the competition. We are looking forward to our next meeting on Thursday 14th May at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre, where the theme will be “Passion and Plants”. Iris Badcock, Press Secretary

Stradbroke Good Neighbours

Stradbroke Good Neighbours are holding their AGM on Monday 11th of May at 10.30 in the Community Centre

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. We are holding our AGM on Monday 11th of May at 10.30 in the Community Centre

Neighbourhood Watch PC Tim Green intends to be in the library on Thursday 21 May 1100 to 1130 hours, to meet members of the public who wish to discuss concerns with him. Thefts of agricultural and gardening equipment from outbuildings continue. In one case two offenders in balaclavas were disturbed trying to steal a Knapsack sprayer from a farm on 24 March. The offenders abandoned the sprayer and damaged their dark coloured estate vehicle on the rear offside as they escaped. The Police are publicizing a possible case of rogue traders who worked on a driveway in the area recently, before demanding a considerable amount of money. There have been several cases of cheque overpayment scams in Suffolk recently. In response to an advert or online auction posting buyers offer to pay by cheque, deliberately write the cheque for more than required, then ask the seller to transfer back the difference. The original cheques are counterfeit; good enough to fool bank staff, and apparently when they bounce the seller is liable for the entire amount.

“There have been several cases of cheque overpayment scams in Suffolk recently.!

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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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

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Organisations Stradbroke Local History Group

We had another very well supported Village Archive Slideshow on Friday 17th April which covered things from the original village workhouse to death in the pacific and desertion in Australia via witchraft, zeppelins and policing in the village since the 1860s, as well as Stradbroke’s doctors going back to the early 1700s. The next archive show will be later this year... and last months photo?

Stradbroke Local History Group

It was some of the cast of the village pageant held as part of “Salute the Soldier Week” in 1944 The next meeting is the SLHG Annual General Meeting which will take place at 7.00p.m on May 5th at the Community Centre, Wilby Road. Mike Readman

Stradbroke & District Pre-School with Stradbroke Bumps, Babies & Toddler Group. A big thank you to everyone who attended our Easter Bingo Night on Friday 3rd April, we hope to let you know how much we raised next month. We are planning a sponsored ‘Toddle’ followed by a Family Picnic with Punch & Judy and a barbeque on Sunday 10th May. We hope to raise money for a charity other than our own, for Leukaemia Research in memory of a dear friend and Pre-School mum who passed away earlier this year. We are aiming to get as many Toddler and Pre-School aged children as we can to walk (or be pushed in a pushchair) through the village, starting at 11.00am from the Pre-School heading up the hill to Neaves Lane. We will then hold the picnic and Punch & Judy on the meadow at Street Farm, Laxfield Road. We would like the children to come in fancy dress and get as many sponsors as they can. Sponsor forms are available from Pre-school, Toddler Group or by calling Louise on 384460. Some important events coming up later in the year: 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 will be taken over by the Debenham Children’s 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 8 J. Bedwell. 14 E. Pope.21 D. Smith. 3 D. Richards. £48 donated to the Tennis Club. £24 donated to the White Hart Bowls Club. £24 donated to the Pudding Party 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 “It is now 3 months since I was discharged from Hospital and I would like to thank all my friends for their support and giving me their time and generosity. In helping me on the long road to a proper recovery, I do fully appreciate all they have done; it makes me fell very blessed.” Patricia Fill Sir “Playing Field Drainage and the Fitness Track Donations. Thanks very much indeed for those who have already made cash donations via the Stradbroke Charitable Trust towards this most important and long awaited improvement to the sporting and fitness facilities of our village. Also for those who are planning a future event where the proceeds will go to help with the scheme. More help and more donations would be gratefully received. For more details about the proposed scheme and a gift-aid form to fill in, please contact Peter Smith (384 311) or Gerald Jenkins (384 825) of the Stradbroke Charitable Trust.” Sir We have a number of topless black wheelie bins that need a new home. They are ideal for collecting rubbish at fetes, storing chicken feed or using to move wood around. Or anything else you can think of! All we ask is for a donation to be made to the chairman’s charities – Guide dogs for the blind and Museum of East Anglian Life. If you are interested, please contact Roy Barker via email: or phone: 07876 496063. Many thanks, Vicky Smy

Forthcoming Events Fun Quiz In memory of Margaret Lockwood to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich on Friday 1st May 2009 7:30pm Stradbroke Community Centre. Teams of up to four people £3.00 per head Ring Julie 01379 388145, Christine 01379 384688 or Angela 01379 388243 to book or just turn up on the night, we look forward to seeing you! Julie, Christine and Angela


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Property & Garden Maintenance We can transform your Garden Patios designed and laid Water & Garden features built Fences replaced or repaired New lawns laid - Hedges clipped Drives & patios power washed General Garden maintenance No Job Too Small Call Steve for a guaranteed competitive quote Mobile: 07858 926216 Tel: 01379 384615

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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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Stradbroke Cinema presents... On Wednesday, 13th May. Stradbroke Community Centre, 7 for 7.30 pm. Bar will be open - and Ice creams in the interval! Entrance £5.50 we are showing Slumdog Millionaire (15) Starring: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Tanay Chheda, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar Winner of eight Oscars! Slum Dog Millionaire is about a Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?". He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers. This will be the last film until the Autumn, thank you for all your support, have a good summer. Margaret Streeter

Annual General Meeting

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

Annual Jumble Sale The Annual Jumble Sale is to be held in the Community Centre on the 9th May between the hours of 10.00 am and 11.30 am. Any saleable items would be welcome for collection. Ring Mary Ellis on 01379 384642. Many thanks

Car Boot Sale in Stradbroke There will be a Car Boot Sale on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May, from 10am to 2pm at the Playing Field with pitches available at £5 (in advance) £7 (on the day) and an admission of just 20p. As well as car boots, there will be various stalls, refreshments, burger van (& ice cream van!), a grand raffle, bouncy castle for the kids, and an assault course. Everyone likes a bargain. So support the event and it may become a regular attraction. Mike Hugman

All Saints Church, Flower Show A sale of bedding and vegetable plants will be held at 21 Woodfields, Stradbroke on The Cricket Club Saturday 16th May between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm. There will be a good range of plants brings car boots to to include Runner and French Beans, Courgettes, Marrows etc with flowers for the bor- Stradbroke! der and tubs plus exhibition Dahlias. All proceeds for the Church Flower show. R Copping, tel 384839

St. Marys Church Worlingworth Flower Festival 2nd. 3rd. & 4th May to 5.00pm. Theme Musicals of Stage & Screen over 30 arrangements. Lunches, Cream Teas, Stalls Raffle. In Aid of Church Funds. Charles & Vera Abbott.

Antiques Evening with Alan Smith This will be held on Friday 8th May, 2009 in Wilby Village Hall, at 7.30pm. Tickets £9 including Buffet supper and a glass of wine. Tickets are available from P Williamson (01379 388034) or B Barker (01379 384589). In aid of St Mary’s church tower repairs. Ellen Nunn

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Forthcoming Events

South & Heart of Suffolk Walking Festival Sunday May 24th, An 11 mile walk around Stradbroke. Picnic lunch at Wilby Green During the period of May 9th to May 25th a Festival Programme of 56 walks throughout Suffolk has been organised at what many people believe to be the most attractive time of year to see our area on foot. This is when Suffolk is at its most luxuriantly green and fertile best. One of the walks starts from Stradbroke Community Centre at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday May 24th. Do join us! Bring a picnic lunch to have in a sheltered spot near Wilby Green. We expect to be back at the Community Centre a little before 4.00 pm. There is no need to book and there is no charge although a voluntary donation of £1 towards the Friends of Stradbroke Church would be welcome. No dogs please. Do join us and other ramblers from all over the East Anglia! P.s. There will also be a programme of three Summer Evening walks at the beginning of July to be announced later. Gerald Jenkins (384 825)

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.

Come along to the consultation! People in Suffolk are being invited to attend open meetings to find out more about GP and dentist services available outside normal surgery times, at ‘out of hours’ consultation sessions across the county. The full public consultation, which is being held by NHS Suffolk is running until 22 May to give people the chance to air their views of the current service and what improvements they think could be made. Events in Stowmarket, Kesgrave, Aldeburgh, Bury and Newmarket have already taken place. However, if you’d like to go along to one of the events everyone is welcome Sudbury Felixstowe Ipswich Eye Haverhill

22.04.09 23.04.09 07.05.09 13.05.09 20.05.09

Wednesday Thursday Thursday Wednesday Wednesday

6.30 - 8.30pm St. Johns Methodist Church Hall, 6.30 - 8.30pm St. Felix Church Hall, Gainsborough Rd, 6.30 - 8.30pm Council Chamber, Corn Exchange, 2.00 - 4.00pm Board Room, Hartismere Hospital 6.30 - 8.30pm Arts Centre,

The consultation and questionnaire are available online NOW at and in print from the NHS Suffolk communications team, telephone 01473 770014 or by e-mail to

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Studio Landia Day Care Centre for the Elderly We provide professional day care for the elderly (giving home carer an 8-9 hour break) with door to door transport and freshly cooked meals catering for all needs - known to many as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of care. Also available: Bathing (specialised), Hairdressing, Chiropody and other facilities on request. We open Monday to Friday from 8.30am until 4.30pm. Social Services are our main provider who can arrange various types of funding. A ‘tailor made’ care plan can be arranged for private guests upon request Our aim is to give social stimulation to each and every individual guest and to maintain his/her dignity for as long as possible. If you would like to know more about our service, just drop in and see us at Mendham, or phone 01379 852466

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Forthcoming Events

'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

Would you like to volunteer at the Midnight Walk? St Elizabeth Hospice is looking for helpers on the ladies only Midnight Walk Saturday 23rd May 2009. Over 1600 women have already signed up to complete the eight mile circuit around Ipswich town centre in aid of the local charity. Volunteers are needed on the night to help with duties such as car parking, serving refreshments and registration. Patsy Johnson, events co-ordinator at St Elizabeth Hospice said “We have been overwhelmed by the response, it has been amazing and we even had to introduce a deadline for registration forms, Friday 1st May. Although the Midnight Walk is a ladies only event, we are looking for both male and female volunteers. Volunteers are required during the day on Saturday 23rd May to help with putting up signs, general administration and organisational support. During the event, volunteers are needed to help with registration, marshalling the walk, serving refreshments, car parking and various other duties. We would be grateful for any time that you could spare, even if it is only an hour or two. Volunteers play an essential role at the Midnight Walk The Midnight Walk is a great event to be part of, whether you are walking or volunteering, the atmosphere will be fantastic.” The Midnight Walk starts and finishes at Copleston Centre on Foxhall Road in Ipswich. For more information about volunteering at the Midnight Walk or the event itself, please contact the fundraising office on 01473 723600, email or visit . Volunteer application forms are available on the website. Do you want to be a Hospice lottery winner? Give yourself the chance of winning our top prize of £1,000 or one of our other 58 cash prizes, and know that you are helping St Elizabeth Hospice to continue to care for our patients and their families, friends and carers. Each chance in our weekly lottery costs just £1 and you can play with as many chances as you like. The more you have, the greater your chance of winning the weekly jackpot of £1000! You could even form a lottery syndicate with your friends, family and work colleagues. Every £1 of lottery money we get 50p goes directly to the Hospice, compared to just 28p to ‘good causes’ with the National Lottery. To find out more about the St Elizabeth Hospice Lottery, please contact the lottery team on 01473 707008, email or visit All lottery players must be aged sixteen years or over. Licensed by the Gambling Commission.

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Etheridge Nurseries Laxfield Road, Tel: 384204 Mob 07781 440140 Farm shop for a wide variety of homegrown produce and local fruit and vegetables. Delivered to your door every week. Wide selection of cut flowers and pot plants. For bouquets, baskets, weddings and churches. We have a large selection of vegetable plants and seed potatoes. We also have a compact tractor and rotavor for hire for Autumn and winter seeding.

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Would you like an illustration of your home or a particular building? Or an ideal present for a friend or loved one? Personalised cards and postcards also available. Then call Gill on 01379 388862 for further details.

Is your garden over run with Moles ? Do you have a wasp nest ? Are your paddocks over-run with rabbits ? All typical Pests controlled. For ALL your Domestic / Commercial Pest Control No obligation – free survey/quotes. Please call for a chat, 01379 788865 / 07809 226109 / 07518 731106

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WROUGHT IRON CURTAIN POLES & FINIALS Select from Black & Gunmetal Finish also Medieval Candle Holders Wrought Iron Towel Rails - Clothes Hooks Foot Scrapers Door Grids- Sundials- Candle Lanterns etc. Tel-01379 388908 Email-

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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

eMail: For all your salt supplies of: Hydrosoft tablet & granular salt, pure dried vaccum salt, de-icing salt. Also we stock tablets & granular in 10kg bags. lease contact us for competitive prices either collected or delivered. We offer free delivery to all Stradbroke residents.

YOUR LOCAL RELIABLE PLUMBER Mark Jardine • All domestic Plumbing • Full Bathroom Installation, • All work full insured & guaranteed, • Domestic heating, radiators, pumps, etc… • 24 Hour call out.

Tel: 01379 672904 Mob: 07854924801 New Haven, Tudor, Occuld, Eye, Suffolk IP21 7PZ

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.

Beauty Therapy By Nikki Mills

Rackham’s Funeral Service The Waveney Chapel Stanley Road, Diss Tel: (01379) 642321 A professional company giving a quiet, efficient and caring service.

Waxing, Manicures, Pedicures Nail Extensions, Swedish & Aromatherapy Massage & More! @ Hair Logic, Street farm, Laxfield Rd, Stradbroke Fridays 9am-8pm Call 07850 739870

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Fancy That Flowers for all occasions by

Hilary Hadingham Order now for Weddings, Dinner Parties, Table Centres, and much more. Free Local Delivery 01728 638156 07780 612549

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We have live music on Tuesday, 1pm – 7pm (local folk music),

Sunday Roast £10.00 for two or £5.95p. Children £3.25

PLUS on the last Friday of the month 8.30pm-11.30pm various types of music

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2 Town House, Church Street, Stradbroke - 01379 384208 - Claire Evans Wedding Dresses from £285 Evening wear from £130 and ‘Mother of the Bride’, Jewellery and other Accessories. Do call before your next special occasion Also, Green Door Antiques (of Eye) ---Opening Times--Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 9.0am - 1pm At other times by appointment

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Dances, Discos Coffee Mornings Club Meetings Birthday Parties Wedding Receptions If you need a venue for a function “Bring People Together” at

STRADBROKE SPORTS & COMMUNITY CENTRE Tel: 384312 or 384363 for information & bookings

TOTAL REBUILD GYM Qualified instructors always on hand to assist and advise, personal programmes full range of cardio and resistance machines, large selection of free weights and dumbbells ranging from 2.5kg to 60kg, Olympic discs and bars. Specific training for certain career criteria. We cater for all needs and levels of fitness in a warm friendly environment Instructors who understand, ideal for the less confident who would like to work out but don't fancy the mirrors and lycra, or those who are interested in building muscle definition. NO membership or joining fees - Competitive pricing - Also available Vertical tanning Unit SO whether you want to come for a tone, tan or totally rebuild come and give us a look TOTAL REBUILD GYM, Old Post Office, Weybread, Tel: 586214

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For more information on our range please call or visit our website

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Sports Roundup

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Stradbroke Football Club Dog owners are still allowing their animals to fouls the grass on the field with more mess having to be cleaned off before Saturdays game. Results: 1st team drew with Bildeston 2 – 2 and Ipswich Exiles 2 – 2. Reserves lost to Woolverston 7 – 5 and to Henly 9 – 1 Our Presentation Evening is on the 2nd May at 7.30 pm in the Queens head Suffolk Room. The last cash Bingo raised £82.10 and the next one is on 8th May in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm. Hope to see you there. Mary Ellis

Stradbroke Cricket Club So much has gone on behind the scenes at the Cricket Club in the past months; it will be a great pleasure & distraction to get out onto the field of play. I want to thank the 19 club volunteers, & 6 Nat West staff who spent the weekend, painting, cleaning, tidying, grass cutting & rolling at the Playing field, and erecting a partition in the shed/scorebox, in readiness for the new season, as part of Nat West Banks Cricket Force. Well done! The 1st XI are part of the Suffolk Premier League, the A Team play their first match in the top division of the MSC Alliance on Sunday 19th, while the B Team continue to improve. The Academy side goes from strength to strength with increased membership, and match opportunities. There are also full programmes for the Under 15, Under 13, & Under 11 age groups, while the girls already have 10 matches to play this year. The Club has also been chosen to host a Suffolk Under 15 girls County match in July, and a Mid Suffolk Under 13 Representative game on May 26th. Off the field the Club has always had a thriving social & fund raising programme, polarised this year by the need to contribute towards the project to drain the Playing Field, a vital measure to help with the increased use of the area (see above). Another £190 was added to the coffers as our share of the takings from the Easter Music Marathon held at the Queens Head. Despite the good weather, the villagers supported the event, as well as a record number tuning in on the internet, pledging their hard earned on line, while enjoying the innovative video stream. Final details of the much-anticipated Car Boot Sale can be found elsewhere. There is still time to book a pitch, or just come along. There are no Car Boots in the area, so if it is a success, it may be an annual event. Just ring Carrie Barnes on 388654. Such was the success of the Horse Race Evening; we will be arranging a Dog Racing Night in September. Same format as horses, but with smaller jockeys! Last word on recruitment. The Chance to Shine programme starts in 5 local Primary Schools after the Easter Holidays, and hopefully an upturn in junior membership on the back of it. If you are a parent of a prospective young cricketer, from 8th May, Friday Night is Club Night at the Playing Field. All juniors (boys) are welcome from 6pm to 8pm. There will be qualified coaching for all levels, and every fourth Friday there will be an inter club match. Parents are encouraged to stay & watch. There may even be a barbecue & liquid refreshment. Girls coaching is every Michael Hugman Monday, same times starting 11th May. Good cricketing.

Stradbroke & District Bowls Club. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make our Pudding Party on Saturday 4th April so successful and raise approximately £450.00.for funds The evening really went with a swing with so many delicious savoury and sweet puddings to tempt us and, of course, the Blind Auction, which caused a few laughs and some surprises. If you did not manage to get along to our Opening Day on the green, please call in on Wednesday or Saturday afternoons when we have our club afternoons, 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm and you can join in. Our first match is on Tuesday 21st April in the Waveney Triples League, so our practice roll-up on our open day was really important. Good luck to all our teams! We are having a stall in the Car boot sale on Monday 4th May on the playing field between 10.00 am and 2.00pm so if you have any items to donate to our stall, please get in touch on 388586 or 388612, or bring it to the playing field on the day. If you are free on Saturday 16th May 10.00 – 11.30, am then please call in at Pump Cottage, Queens Street, (the home of Mary & Michael Ellis) where we are holding a Coffee Morning (but you can have Tea) there will be a cake stall, bring and buy, and a raffle and you would be most welcome. Thanks again for your support. Lily Lofts

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Sports Roundup

And now for something completely different... It’s that time of year again when the sun starts to permeate the winter woollies, you start to feel a bit restless and want to do a bit of exercise; not just getting out of bed, but a little bit more. Well, it’s the time to start preparing for the upper-midSuffolk inter-village games competition. Some of you may have heard about it, but many will have not. It’s been kept very quiet and in the past only a chosen few have been invited to participate. But, this year all that has changed! Now under new management the organising committee (I hate that word) is opening it up to all; young and old, beautiful and not so beautiful, as well as the fit and unfit! This year there are 10 villages participating such as Metfield (the host) Fressingfield, Laxfield etc... You will hear more about the programme in the coming weeks, but now is the time for you to get in touch, or if you’re shy, wait to be touched, because you surely will! We want your support, both moral and physical to help put Stradbroke back on the map as a thriving, energetic and interactive community. The games start on June 20th and finish with a finale on Sunday June 28th with events and activities for all the family. During the week before the finale there will be Clay pigeon shooting, a treasure Hunt (in a car), Team Quiz, Pool, Rounders, Darts, Crib, Carpet Bowls and Junior Football (phew!). Sunday 28th will be “A grand day out” to include events from Cross country running to Bean Bag racing; Relay Races to Welly Throwing; 80m sprints to Egg throwing and Basket Ball shooting to a Blind Obstacle Race. Don’t miss it! Get in touch now. Anyone can take part, be it as an eventer, a cheerleader, or a supporter. The more the merrier. Feel free to phone or email any one of us for more information. Let’s make this a day to remember and show the other villages in the area just what Stradbroke is made of! Don Darling Please contact either Don (388098 or Julia (388855 or Tony (384713 or

Your village needs you... Get in touch!

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THE BRAMBLES, LAXFIELD Renovations Alterations Repairs Listed Buildings Sectional Buildings Joinery New Houses Extensions

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Collection and delivery service available Call: Angela / Mike On: 01379 388 979 Hill Cottage Cattery, Worlingworth Road Horham, (Near Eye), Suffolk, IP21 5EF

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Gardeners Notes I asked my son how I should start my article this month and he said "Spring is here, time to get out your shorts and forks", I have to say that just about sums up the weather we have had in April. With any luck by the time this article comes out we will have had a decent amount of rain as it is starting to get a bit dry. If you need to sow grass now is the time. Break up the surface of the soil with a fork then rake it until you get a good crumbly layer. I have found mixing the grass seed with sand or compost helps to sow more evenly. It is better to let the rain water the area in and once germinated (about 2 - 3 weeks) water occasionally and well if weather is dry.Don't be tempted to bring out tender plants too soon. This article comes out in the beginning of May which is about as early as I would recommend, but we may get a frost so keep an eye out until the end of May when it should be safe.If you are potting plants on or digging in your border keep an eye out for vine weevil larvae. They attack the roots of plants, particularly herbaceous plants. In pots they will go for just about anything. Signs to for look out for are plants that are struggling, compost coming out of holes under the pot and plants that lift out of their pots having lost most of their roots. You can use a non-chemical control like watering on a nematode, but I have found the best way to control them in pots is with a chemical control as from now on they will turn into adults and move around your garden. I have also hand picked them out of the compost in pots which is effective but time consuming, they look like maggots with an orange/red head, they then have to be squashed. Another pest to keep an eye out for is the lily beetle, they will decimate your lilies, look out for bright red beetles on the foliage and careful when picking then off as they have a tendency to drop to the ground if disturbed. The vegetable garden is in full swing and remember what I said about tender plants, this applies to things like tomatoes, beans and marrows, you should really wait until the end of May, beginning of June, if you put then out too early they won't grow any quicker. Keep watch for cats when sowing seeds in vegetable beds, try to cover the area with sticks or string until things have germinated. Make sure you sow things with enough space between rows to hoe the weeds later on. When you plants out or sow your runner beans make sure you incorporate plenty of organic matter as deep as possible as this will really make a difference later in the Keep watch for cats when sowing seeds in season. vegetable beds, try to cover the area with Jobs to be getting on with, stake tall herbaceous plants sticks or string until things have germinated. now before they grow too much, branchy twigs are good or the metal cages you can buy also work very well, cut back winter and spring flower plants if you need to reduce them. Go around and check any trees with ties and stakes making sure they are not too tight, once the tree is well rooted these can be removed. Don't be tempted to cut the leaves off your daffodils too soon as it will reduce performance next year (4 - 6 weeks after flowering). Finally, I am looking forward to the flower show this year with Roly Copping's potato competition, he has sold around 80 potatoes and buckets so competition should be very stiff. I won't be giving any hints about this as I am also entering the competition and am quietly confident that my secret recipe will make all the difference. Happy gardening and good luck! Luke


Diary for Late April Contact Club Meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00 am 28th 28th S.F.H.G,s. “Cunning Folk of Quacks” talk by Neil Storey Community Centre 7.30 pm 29th Art Exhibition Preview, with refreshments, All Saints 7.00 – 9.00 pm Three Men in a Boat a play by Jerome K Jerome Community Centre at 7.30 pm 30th 30th - 4th May, All Saints Art Exhibition & Sale of Pictures, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm Diary for May 1st Fun Quiz in memory of Margaret Lockwood. Community Centre 7.30 pm 2nd - 4thSt Mary’s Worlingworth Flower Festival 2nd FOASS Plant and Seedling sale 2nd Stradbroke Football Club’s Presentation Evening in the Queens Head at 7.30 pm & 3rd Fressingfield Tudor Story 500th Anniversary of the Guild Hall 2nd th 4 Stradbroke Cricket Club’s Car Boot Sale on the playing fields from 10am – 5th Contact Club meets in the Community Centre at 10.00 am Badminton Club meets each Tuesday in the SBEC Sports Hall at 8.00pm 5th 5th SLHG Annual General Meeting 7pm - Community Centre 6th Table Tennis Club meets each Wednesday in the Community Centre at 7.30pm Chess Club meets every Wednesday in the Diss Cue Club at 7.30pm 6th 7th All Saints Church Cleaning 10.00 am onwards th 7 Over 60’s Club meeting in the Community Centre at 2.00 pm RBL Branch Meeting at the Laxfield Kings Head starting at 11.30 am 7th 7th A.S.F.R.C’s Fashion Show in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm Antique’s evening iao St Mary’s Church Tower Repair. Wilby Village Hall 7.00 pm 8th 8th Cash Bingo iao Stradbroke Football Club in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm 9th Annual Jumble Sale in the Community Centre at 10.00 – 11.30 am 9th 25th Suffolk Local Walks see article inside for information th Pre-school & Toddlers sponsored “Toddle” starting at the Pre-school at 11.00 am 10 11th Parish Council Meeting in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 11th Good Neighbours AGM in the Community Centre at 10.30 am Contact Club meets in the Community Centre at 10.00 am 12th 13th Stradbroke Cinema presents Slum Dog Millionaire 7.00pm for 7.30 pm Cameo Lunch at the Baptist Church Hall 12.30pm 13th 13th NHS Consultation Board Room, Hartismere Hospital, Hartismere 2 – 4.00 pm 14th Over 60’s Club meeting in the Community Centre at 2.00 pm 14th Women’s Institute meeting in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm 15th *****All Magazine Articles Strictly in by this Date Please***** 16th Stradbroke Bowls Club Coffee Morning at Mary Ellis’s House from 10 –11.30 am 16th Sale of bedding and Vegetable plants @21 Woodfields 9am-4pm 17th Tower Open Day & Flowers in the Church, Horham, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Contact Club meets in the Community Centre at 10.00 am 19th 21st PC Tim Green 11-11.30am in the Library. st 21 Holy Communion for Ascension Day, All Saints, 7.30 pm 21st Over 60’s Club meeting in the Community Centre at 2.00 pm 23rd – 25th Flower Festival at Redlingfield Church, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm 24th An 11 mile walk around Stradbroke starting from the Community centre at 10.30 am 26th Contact Club meets in the Community Centre at 10.00 am 26th All About Tithes, Before & After the Commutation Act. Community Centre 7.30pm 27th Drop in for Coffee at the Baptist Church Hall 10.00 – 11.30am 31st Parish Communion for Whitsunday, All Saints, 10.00 am Diary for Early June 3rd Stradbroke Sports and Community Centre A.G.M. 7.30 pm 4th Over 60’s trip to Seacroft, meet at Community Centre 10am 13th Horham Bygones Country Rally 10.00am – 5.00 pm

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The Stradbroke Monthly May 2009  

Local monthly magazine for Stradbroke, Suffolk

The Stradbroke Monthly May 2009  

Local monthly magazine for Stradbroke, Suffolk