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£1 where sold

May 2010


Photo Gallery: Village Funeral for ‘Village Lad’

Stradbroke Mobile Dental Facility A mobile dentist surgery could be parked at Stradbroke for some hours every week in the future! NHS Suffolk, which has spent £4.2m on improving access to dentists and orthodontists over the last two years, is working with Harmoni, the out-of-hours provider, to set up a service for very rural areas. Members of NHS Suffolk board heard a report on 31 March that during 2010/11 even more improvements in access to dentistry are planned, including the potential introduction of a mobile dental facility. NHS Suffolk is looking at the possibility of using Stradbroke Community Centre as a base. Watch this space for more information! Tracy Sadler, Suffolk PCT

Have you lost your keys? A set of house keys were found and hung on the cemetery railings and these are with Carol Smy for safe keeping. There are three house type keys (LSH make) on the ring plus one small ‘Squire’ – possibly a padlock key and the fob is a leather square embossed with ‘Bryant Homes’. Carol A Smy Tel: 01379 384679

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A C Boiler Services Ltd Andrew Cattermole experienced OFTEC registered oil fired boiler engineer Servicing, system maintenance etc. In addition priority breakdown service from October to May. 01379 642344 If we are not available you can leave a message and we will contact you or call Andrew’s Mobile 07922 020970. Electronic Keyboard Tuition for Beginners No Upper Age Limit and Children From Age 7 Welcome

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

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We welcome you to join us for our Sunday Services or other activities Contacts: John Ling 388751 Malcolm Ramm 384797 Stradbroke Baptist Chuch We welcome you to join us for our Sunday Services or other activities: Sunday Service – Every week at 10:15am A place of new beginnings! Want to know more? We invite you to come, see and listen.

We meet every Sunday morning at 10.15am when we enjoy meeting one another, but more importantly we are able to worship the Living Lord. We are a group of local people who believe that the Bible is God’s message to all peoples, at all times, and it is therefore relevant to our individual situations today. We enjoy both traditional and more lively worship and there is every opportunity to meet and talk together after the worship service as we enjoy our refreshments. We also hold a lunch on the 2nd Wednesday in the month at 12.30pm. This is called CAMEO where people literally, ‘Come And Meet Each Other’. Many folk come and enjoy good homemade food, often followed by a quiz, or singing and a Christian message. If you, or someone you know, would appreciate meeting new folks in a friendly environment , give us a call we can usually provide transport if required. You are also invited on the 4th Wednesday 10.00am – 11.30am to a cup of coffee and chat, with some items of bric-a -brac to peruse! A Home Group for Bible study and prayer is held on the fourth Friday of the month Our morning services in May are as follows 2nd Pauline Bailey 9th John Ling 16th Dave Keeble Fellowship Lunch 23rd John Ling 30th Jonathan Sullivan “Friends Re United” We are looking forward to the visit of our former Pastor Dave Keeble. Dave would love to meet old Stradbroke friends. We invite you to join us on Sunday 16th and to stay as we share lunch together. Tools With A Mission We are grateful for your ongoing support for this Christian Charity, which collects donated tools which after renovation are sent to Third World countries. Trade tools, sewing or knitting machines are always welcome, give us a call we will collect and forward to TWAM. Several local ladies are also busy knitting vests for African children. These garments are initially used for packing, before distribution to local infants. We would be happy to receive any spare wool that can be used. On Sunday 6th June we are expecting a visitor from TWAM to take our service at 10:15am. We invite you to join us as we learn more of this Suffolk based charity. For further information please contact Malcolm or John

Stradbroke Baptist Church, Laxfield Road Stradbroke, Suffolk

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Local Churches All Saints, Stradbroke 29th April – 3rd May Art Exhibition in the Church 2nd May Holy Communion 9th May Benefice Communion at Redlingfield 13th May Ascension Day Holy Communion 15th–16th May Exhibition in the Church 16th May Holy Communion Holy Communion at Athelington Evensong at Horham 23rd May Holy Communion 30th May Parish Communion 6th June Holy Communion Morning Service

10am – 6pm 8 am 10 am 10 am 10 am – 5 pm 8 am 10 am 6.00 pm 9.00 am 10 am 8 am 10 am

All Saints Church Fund Raising Committee Nearly 350 paintings will be on show at the Art exhibition on April 29 – May 3rd. This year we are having Tea, Coffee and Cakes in the church so come along and have a drink and browse. We shall have a stall and also a raffle. Something for everyone. The on May 15 – 16th “Stradbroke has Talent” with lots of Matchstick Models in the church by local person Don Bickers from 10am – 5pm both days and again refreshments will be served, with also some for sale. At present, no one has come forward to open their garden on the 27th June. This will be at The Old Doctors House so come on you Gardeners, let others in so they can admire your worth. Details from Mary Ellis on 01379 384 642. I believe that Roland Copping has sold about 90 potatoes for the village show competition - look for the frost? Mary Ellis

The Rectory Tel: 384363 Email: Church Website: www.allsaints-stradbroke. com Dear Friends, James Grigg promised, as a Scout, to Do His Best and, as a soldier, to Be the Best. I believe that we achieved the highest of standards as we paid tribute to him on Tuesday, 13th April. I am most grateful to all those who joined the visiting soldiers in making the preparations, and in taking part in his Funeral Service, both inside and outside the church which, with the War Memorial, was the setting for our words and actions in thanksgiving for his life, and in our commitment to a better future for us all. The Concert by the Hermitage Ensemble on April 6th, with four singers, and Natalia, their manager, was a glorious event which made £300 for church funds, after the expenses had been paid. Moving from Tchaikovsky’s The Lord’s Prayer to “Midnight in Moscow” and The Beatles’ “Yesterday”, the lowest and the highest of notes, and much in between, our ears enjoyed a feast of sound. At the party afterwards, the sandwiches were followed by slices of the cake that I had made, an Easter Cake lined with marzipan, and Yury, Sergey, Andrey and Andrey pronounced it as delicious a cake as they had ever tasted. I have used the same recipe for a cake for the refreshments for the Art Exhibition (with other goodies available too!), and Margaret’s painting of a cake, and the altar flowers in matching colours, will illustrate a menu for another feast, from Thursday 29th to Monday 3rd May, to delight all our senses. Please do not miss this opportunity to see about 430 pictures, framed and unframed, and better still, to buy one or more. I can say much the same of the Exhibition two weeks later, on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th. Do come into the Church, 10 am – 5 pm, and then see what or who is inside the Church! A most amazing model! We remember especially in our prayers, at this time, Canon Derek Green, rector of Worlingworth, not only because he is seriously ill, but also because I heard today, April 23rd, the tragic news that his wife, Phebe, has died suddenly after a heart attack. We extend our deepest sympathy to Derek and his family. The PCC have chosen Christian Aid to be the named charity for our giving this year. They do excellent work overseas providing relief and help after disasters, and promoting development and growth. With all good wishes, David Streeter. All Saints Church Cleaning, Thursday, 6th. May 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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At the Community Centre

Come to the Annual Parish Meeting and find out about how our community has been working in the past year.

Stradbroke was a crime free zone last month!

Stradbroke Parish Council

The Parish Pump!

12 April 2010 Prior to the commencement of business there was a minute’s silence in memory of Pte James Grigg. Planning There were no applications for consideration MSDC approved the following application 3630/09 proposed rear extension, conversion of garage & internal alterations: 3 Chapel Close. Other Matters The application for an increase in the number of chicken sheds at Fennings Farm was to go before the Planning Committee of MSDC on 14 April 2010. Village of the Year An invitation to enter the Village of the Year competition had been received. It was agreed that the Parish Council would co-ordinate the entry and will be in touch with groups, clubs and individuals to encourage as many as possible to take part. News Items Housing The Parish Council would like to thank all who participated in the recent Housing Needs Survey. There was a good return rate of 31.25%. The analysis of the data illustrated a requirement of eight affordable homes in the village. A meeting would be convened between a Working Party of the Parish Council, Suffolk ACRE’s Housing Enabler, her counterpart at MSDC and a representative from Flagship Housing to discuss the findings and ways to move forward. Sheltered Housing There would be reductions in the warden service at MSDC’s sheltered complexes. Residents would still have call buttons for emergencies but fewer complexes would have a resident warden; those remaining would share the responsibilities. MSDC Cllr Gemmill reported that joint working with Babergh District Council would continue as economies continue to be sought in local government. MSDC wholeheartedly supported the proposed gym facility at Stradbroke Pool and, if planning permission was forthcoming, it should be ready by the end of 2010. Cllr Gemmill announced his nomination as Chairman Elect of MSDC and was warmly congratulated. SCC Cllr McGregor reported briefly that an unexpected amount of money had been granted to the County Council by central government for repairs to potholes throughout the county however, there would be a need for severe cost savings regardless of the result of the general election. Police PCSO Steven Long was pleased to report Stradbroke had been a crime free zone for the past month. Graffiti The Parish Council was disappointed to learn of graffiti on the Community Centre building. The police will be informed. The next meeting of the Parish Council: 11 May 2010 at 7.30pm ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 29th APRIL 7.30pm in the Community Centre Come along to hear about the work of many village organisations and ask any questions of the Parish Council. Tea and biscuits will be served after the meeting. Clerk to the Parish Council: Carol A Smy: 01379 384679 Email: **please make non-emergency calls to the Clerk between 0830 and 1800hrs Monday to Friday only**

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Nursery In Fressingfield Places available for children Aged 0-5 years Open 8am - 6pm Mon to Fri all year Ring 01379 586111

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Telephone 384634 to book your table.



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Life in the Legion Peter Downs, the Chairman of The Needham Market RBL Branch was the guest speaker at our April Meeting and gave us a most interesting account of ‘The Maginot Line’ which he illustrated with slides. The Vote of thanks was led by Branch Secretary Jeremy Higgins on behalf of everybody present. In the tribute at the start of the meeting we remembered in particular Private James Grigg from the village, who had very recently lost his life in action in Afghanistan. During the business part of the meeting the recent Branch Dinner was discussed and I thanked everybody for their help. Branch Treasurer Roy Neil gave his monthly report, and Nick Eade, the local ‘H’ Group Representative on the County Committee, also gave a short report. The next Branch Meeting will be held on Thursday May 6th at The King’s Head, Laxfield at 11.30am. The Guest Speaker will be Peter Warren from Harleston his subject being ‘30 years in the MET in 35 minutes’. Members please attend if you can. Michael Burton—Branch Chairman 28 Standards were paraded at James Grigg’s funeral service on the 13th April, and the Royal British Legion members, and the other ex-service organizations present were pleased and honoured to be allowed to demonstrate our respects and sympathy to James Grigg’s parents and family.

Stradbroke and District Pre School Dig out your old uniform and save your pennies for the Tuck Shop! An Old Skool Disco will be held on Saturday 8th May from 7.30pm at the Community Centre, tickets available from The Post Office. Look out for the posters for more information. The Pre-School is a registered charity run by a voluntary committee made up of parents, staff and helpful folk. From September we shall be naturally losing some of our committee as children move onto school. Without a committee the Pre-School cannot run and will have to close. We are looking for members to join us and help out. You only need to spare a few hours every month or so for meetings and be willing to help out at fundraising events. You don’t have to be connected with the Pre-School, just willing to continue the good work and do something nice for the village. We have now appointed a wonderful Administrator (Anita) so all of the less exciting aspects have been removed allowing the committee to focus on the children rather than the paperwork. If you feel that you could help us out, or would like to know a bit more about what we do and what would be involved, please contact either Zoe (chairperson) on 388398 or Louise (Vice-Chair) on 384460. Thanks, Louise Wilkinson

The Friends of All Saints Stradbroke We will be holding a Plant Sale on Saturday 1st May outside All Saints Church from 9.30am onwards. Do come along and buy some bargain plants. If you have any plants to donate to our cause, you can bring them on the day or ring one of the following numbers for collection:- Margaret 384102, Toni 388466 or Margaret 384825 Margaret

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Stradbroke Business & Enterprise College I am proud to have recently been appointed as the Headteacher of SBEC. My ambition for SBEC is of a rural school which offers a calm, well ordered, disciplined and yet caring working environment which provides opportunities for each individual pupil to achieve excellent success. I am sure you know that an outstanding grading by Ofsted for care, guidance and pupil support was achieved in the last inspection. The school will have a strong commitment to high quality learning and teaching, a curriculum that meets the needs of pupils and an obligation to work in partnership with parents/carers to maximise the success of each individual. At SBEC every child does and will matter and I believe that by recognising and developing the skills and talents that our pupils possess, we can enable them to make a significant and positive contribution to the school and wider communities. In my first weeks in post, I of course want to get to know the teachers and pupils and follow this in time with meeting parents and the wider community. Attainment at Key Stage 4 The Examination Results this year have been validated and show SBEC performing exceptionally well against national and county schools. Business and Enterprise BETT (British Education and Training Technology) Exhibition at Olympia: Mr Hammond (Head of Enterprise and Work Related Learning) ran the SBEC stand at the BETT Exhibition for four days from 13th to 16th January and sold Power Predictors to schools from all over the UK. Power Predictors are devices to accurately determine how much electricity would be generated from any wind turbine or solar panel – and more importantly how much saving can be made. The BETT show also generated many overseas contacts – these have all been passed to Better Generation the company that created and produces the Power Predictor to follow up. Concert and Production On Thursday 18th March, the music department held an Informal Performance Evening. An appreciative audience supported youngsters from Year 8 up to Year 11 performing a varied range of music including some of their own compositions. The evening featured solo and ensemble work and also performances by both ‘Amplifier’ groups. Many gifted and talented SBEC musicians performed during the evening and clearly enjoyed taking part in the event. Entry to the concert was free, but a retiring collection raised well over one hundred pounds for the SBEC Haiti appeal. Many thanks go to parents and friends for supporting the music department at the school. Rehearsals for the School Production of Bugsy Malone are in full swing, with cast and chorus gearing up for performances on the 16th, 17th and 18th June. Tickets will be available from the School office in due course. Kenyan Partnership On the 25th May Mrs Millar (Assistant Headteacher) and Mr Moore (Geography department) depart for Kenya accompanied by three Year 10 girls. This ten day trip will allow the pupils and staff to spend time living and learning alongside our friends at Senior Chief Mwangeka School. The lack of running water, regular electricity and toilets will make an interesting and once in a lifetime opportunity for Jess, Emily and Lucy. Our partnership will be further developed by the return of two staff and three pupils from Kenya joining us at SBEC for eight days starting on 6th July. Art Exhibition Our annual Art Exhibition will take place during the week of 7th – 11th June. The exhibition will include work from our pyramid primary schools as well as SBEC pupils, including their GCSE work. The exhibition is open to all from 10am - 3pm daily. Please do come along, we look forward to seeing you. Andrew Bloom, Headteacher

Stradbroke Wingfield and Syleham Branch of The Conservative Association Stradbroke, Wingfield, and Syleham Branch of The Conservative Association are still urgently seeking a new Branch Secretary to take over this role due to the retirement of the present secretary. Assistance and training will be given to enable the new secretary to become familiar with the task. If no volunteer comes forward it is possible that The Branch may have to close. Please contact Jeremy Higgins on 01379 384300 Jeremy Higgins

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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 History Group

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

The photograph in the April magazine was a rare picture of a shop interior. It was of course Wards in Church Street. Following last month’s edition, we had a very nice letter from Mrs Howling of Fife in Scotland, who worked in the shop during and after the war and whose two brothers Arthur and Alan Ward were shown in the photo. This picture shows what the exterior of the shop looked like in the 1960s with the well known delivery van ready to go out on its rounds. Our May event is a trip to Diss, and we are going to walk around and be guided through, some of Diss’ fascinating history by Basil Abbot. The date is Wednesday May 5th and we shall be meeting in the Community Centre car park at 6.30pm leaving shortly thereafter. Non members more than welcome to join us (£2.00 pp) Our AGM will be held on Thursday 19th May at 7.00pm in the Community Centre Mike Readman

Stradbroke Women’s Institute David Boulton came to our April meeting and showed us wonderful slides of garden wildlife mainly from his own garden in Norwich. Beautiful flowers, frogs, moths, butterflies, birds, hedgehogs and wood mice, they were all there. It was hard to believe you were in the typical garden on an estate in Norwich. Stella Bryant gave the vote of thanks and Iris Knowles won the competition, Well done ladies! We presented Dorothy and Dennis Readman with flowers and a card on the Anniversary of their Golden Wedding, along with our best wishes. The coffee morning we held in April gave us a grand sum of £255, which was great. Many thanks to those who came and supported us, and to those who gave us their time and helped in various ways. Our next meeting will be on Thursday 13th May at 7:30pm in the Community Centre, do come along and join us, Iris Badcock, Press Secretary

Stradbroke Over 60s On 1st April we held an afternoon Easter Tea with Dougie Chittock entertaining us with his music. After tea we had an Easter Parade, where 13 ladies had made Easter Bonnets. We finished with a raffle with prizes that had all been donated. A fun afternoon enjoyed by all. The prize for the best decorated hat was won by Brenda Whiting. On Thursday 27th May we have an outing to Woodbridge. Stopping at Friday Street Farm Shop on the way home for a strawberry cream tea. We shall be leaving from the Community Centre at 10am. If anyone would like to join us, the cost including tea will be £7.50. Please ring Joan on 388 723 or Jean on 384 563 to book. Joan Grimes

Stradbroke Good Neighbours Our phone number is 07749445531 :- Can we help you? Need someone to check your smoke alarm? 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 e.g. £1.50 to Stradbroke £2.50 to Fressingfield £5.00 to Eye £7.00 Diss or Harleston £20.00 to Either Ipswich or Norwich Hospital. ...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.

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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

BRUCE SAMSON Carpenter & Joiner ◊ Joinery Design & Build ◊ ◊ Modern & Period Quality Bespoke Joinery ◊ ◊ Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Fitting Service ◊ ◊ Fitted & Freestanding Furniture ◊ ◊ Custom Staircases ◊ 20 Years Experience Public Liability Insurance 01379 384573 ◊ 07905 645716

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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Forthcoming Events Stradbroke Country Fair Stradbroke Country Fair, Saturday, 10th July at Street Farm, 2 - 5 p.m. Just a reminder to put this date in your diary, and to make sure that your organisation has earmarked a pitch, so you can raise funds for your group or club. Maria Smith (384311) is taking bookings. We will be giving any profits from the gate money and our raffle towards improvements to local facilities. Margaret Streeter

Coffee morning Have you earmarked your pitch for the Country Fair?

Coffee morning in aid of Children’s Orphanage in Mombasa Kenya 18 Bishops Way on Friday 14th May from 10am – 12noon. On a recent visit to Kenya I visited a children’s home which is currently housed in a rented property but a purpose built home is now under construction. Money is currently being raised to furnish the home – for example, just £140 will buy a set of bunk beds with mattress, bedding and mosquito nets. Fifteen sets are required to house 30 children. Money is needed constantly to buy food, medication, schooling, the list goes on and I can assure you that every penny raised on the UK goes to support welfare of the children in the Lioness Cubs Children’s Home. The children arrive at the home with a history which we, thankfully, can only imagine and I would like to do all I can to ensure that the lives they lead from now on, however short, will be happy ones. I do hope you will support me at the coffee morning. Sue Boon

Stradbroke Cinema

Stradbroke Cinema this month is An Education

On Thursday, 27th May, Stradbroke Community Centre, 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Bar will be open - and Ice creams in the interval! Entrance £5.50. We are showing An Education 12A 95 minutes (Light social drama) ——Stop Press- BAFTA Best Actress – Carey Mulligan——! The sensation of the London autumn season with the lead actress Carey Mulligan nominated for an Oscar for this, her first major role, as the real life Lynne Barber, coming of age in a big way in 1962 England. Adapted from Barber’s autobiographical novel by no less than Nick Hornby, this is the story of a girl from an ordinary middle class English background who wins a place at Oxford but chooses instead a very different education through her relationship with a flashy and worldly 30s older man. Excellent performances throughout, notably from Alfred Molina as her father and Peter Sarsgaard as the older man. Margaret Streeter

Plant Sale A sale of bedding and vegetable plants will be held at 21 Woodfields, Stradbroke on Saturday 15th May between 9am and 3pm. There will be a good range of plants to include Runner and French beans, Courgettes, Marrows etc with flowers for the border and tubs. All proceeds for the Church Flower show. Please note class 64a has been added to the show schedule by request. An item of wood or metal made by the exhibitor. The show is being held on Saturday 31st July, schedules are available from the Post Office. R Copping 01379 384 839

Lottery Bonus Winners Lottery bonus winners 16 J Sparrow, 24 J Dann, 45 E Rook, 27 E Elliot, 45 J Ward £48 donated to Wilby WI, £48 donated to Corn Centre, £24 donated to Pudding Party Mary Ellis

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The White Hart Stradbroke Open 12.00 - 2.30 pm & 5.30pm - 11.00pm Closed Sunday Evenings Food, Real Ales Tel. 01379 384915 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

MARK BANCROFT PAVING SERVICES Specialist in all types of paving and hard landscaping, driveways, patios, ornamental garden walls, water features, drainage and fencing Family run business with over 25 years experience Fast friendly professional service. Fully insured and all work guaranteed For a friendly visit with a free quotation call Mark on: 01379 677027 or Mobile 07768636618

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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

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Please Sponsor Us! We have taken up the challenge to sign up for the “Midnight Walk” to raise funds for the St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich. We are registered as the “Stradbroke Strugglers” and we hope that you will support us by sponsoring us for this event to raise money for a worthwhile cause. Please look out for sponsor forms around Stradbroke or contact us direct. The walk will take place in Ipswich on Saturday 22nd May 2010 Thank you, Julie, Ali, Jess, Carolyn and Lynn 3 Peaks Challenge 2010 – Help For Heroes Firstly, let me introduce myself. My name is Martyn Beckley and I have lived in Stradbroke since 2005. I served in the Army for 7 years with the Royal Engineers, leaving in 1991 after the first Gulf War. It is my intention to undertake the 3 Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon commencing on 24th May 2010. The charity I support and intend to raise money for is “Help for Heroes”. This charity helps to rehabilitate wounded servicemen and women. Their website is If you would like to support me in this endeavour, sponsorship forms can be found in the Stradbroke Post Office. I can be contacted at 3 Hepwood Cottages, Wilby Road, Stradbroke, or telephone 01379 384744 or you can email me Many thanks in advance, Martyn Beckley

Books ‘n Bric-a-Brac Saturday 22 May 10.30am - 12 noon at St Peter’s Church, Sibton, Good Quality Secondhand Books, Fiction, Non Fiction, Children’s, etc. Bric-a-Brac Clear Out & Summer Clothes. To donate books or other items contact Rosie or Di on 01728 660 369 or 01728 660 236. Proceeds to the Friends of St Peter’s, Registered Charity No1063822 Rosie Norton

Guide Unit opening in Stradbroke – Your feedback requested Guides is open to girls aged 10-14yrs and is hoping to open the unit in September 2010. To register an interest, please email us at and if anyone female 18 and over would like to become a Guide Leader please contact me too! Many thanks in advance, Candice Dudley

The Chelsea Physic Garden Come to supper in Wilby and listen to a fascinating talk about the Chelsea Physic Garden. Dr. Tim Cutler, an adviser to the world-renowned Chelsea Physic Garden will talk about the history of the Garden and the discovery and use of medicinal plants at Wilby Village Hall on Friday 21st May at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12.50 with two course supper including wine and soft drinks available from: Alex 01379 384010, Geraldine 01379 384233, Callender's Florist, Bridge St. Framlingham. In aid of Wilby Church Tower Repairs Priscilla Williamson

The Orwell String Quartet The Orwell String Quartet—Mozart, Borodin, Frank Bridge on Saturday 29 May, at Sibton Church, 7.30pm Tickets: £10 with a free glass of wine are available from Rosie and Di on 01728 660369 and 01728 660236 or from Creasey’s the Butcher in Peasenhall. Proceeds to the Friends of St Peter’s, Sibton. Reg. Char. No.1063822 Rosie Norton

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Forthcoming Events

Fun and Fitness Day 8TH May 2010 10am – 12 noon To be opened by marathon men Nick Stolls and Jim Morris To celebrate the addition of the new track and outdoor fitness equipment to the village there is to be a Fun and Fitness Morning on 8th May from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon. All the sports clubs, both schools and the swimming pool have been invited and they will be holding events to promote their clubs and the general idea of recreation and sporting activities in the Village. Try out the bowls green – with help from members, find out how fast you can hit a tennis ball, have a go on the fitness equipment and have your pulse, heart rate etc measured. Come along and join in the fun. Be there at 10.00am to see the official opening and then walk or run the new track. Try out the fitness equipment and see what Stradbroke now has to offer! Peter Smith, Stradbroke Charitable Trust

The Red Feather Club Saturday May 15th, 1940s dance to a Big Swing Band, at the Red Feather Club starting 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Licensed bar, 1940s Allied dress welcomed. Sunday May 16th, Grand Open Day, 10am-5pm, admission free, 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association, Horham Airfield, US 95th BG veterans attending, military vehicles,military re-enactors stalls, refreshments, WW2 aircraft flypast planned (subject to weather & serviceability), Honour Guard Ceremony at 11am. for further details Mike Ager

Roughcast Theatre Company presents 'Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford Roughcast Theatre Company present John Ford's controversial Caroline era classic ‘Tis Pity She's A Whore. In great Shakespearean tradition the play follows two star-crossed lovers who are destined not to be together. A revenge tragedy stuffed with Sex, Swords and...Siblings. Saturday 1st May Stradbroke Community Centre, Box Office 01379 588102 More performances listed on our website: All performances start at 7.30pm, tickets £8 and £6 (concessions). Tickets may be available on the door.

Eye & Stradbroke Family History Group On 25th May 2010 the Eye and Stradbroke Family History Group will be welcoming Clive Paine as speaker on the subject “Monuments in Suffolk Churches” at the Community Centre in Stradbroke. The meeting will commence at 7:30 P.M. Further details can be obtained from the Secretary, tel. 01728 860551 Please note: There will be a short Annual General Meeting at 7pm prior to the general business of the evening. David Chapman

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Sports Roundup

Stradbroke Cricket Club Why do we love cricket? Well, every match is different, fortunes can to and fro, teaching how to handle victory and defeat. and something happens that surprises you, however long you play the game. I am certain that no season has started like 2010. Daffodils are still in full bloom, the poplar trees are bare of leaves, and only the sound of birds twittering punctured the minutes silence, in memory of James Grigg, soldier, team mate, friend, & heartbeat of the cricket club. A month had passed since the tragic news of his untimely passing. That time has been used to grieve, reflect, and take stock of what is important. Knowing how much cricket, and Stradbroke CC in particular, meant to James, brought everyone at the club closer together. The wonderful turn out at his funeral, the offers of help on and off the field, and the unstinting support of his family during their darkest hour, made the decision to get back in our whites at the earliest opportunity, an easy one. The first tribute to ‘Griggsy’ was to win our first match, against Elveden, whose contribution to the whole day did them great credit. Playing, & winning made everyone’s focus clearer. Many ideas of how the club should remember James have been mentioned, from a memorial garden, a match against Suffolk, an annual trophy, through to a trust fund. All will be given full consideration in due course. One immediate tribute was a broadcast on the eve of the Easter Music Marathon (photos on right). Thanks are due to Richard Pierce-Saunderson for sourcing some of Griggsy’s favourite tunes, and to the generosity of the patrons of the Queens Head Inn for all their donations. They contributed £100 towards the eventual total of £500 raised over Easter, the money divided equally between the cricket club & the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Thanks to Elaine & Jim at the Queen, to Marty Norris, James Hargrave, & Wally for all their work, and the legion of helpers who kept me sane over the 4 days. Marty then turned his attention to assisting me to compile the Pop Music Quiz. 17 teams took part, raising £340 for the club. The Inhuman League successfully retained their title. On the field, the season is now in full swing. Results next month. Junior coaching has started at the Playing Field on Friday Nights 6pm to 8pm. Over 40 youngsters attended the first one. There is room for more. The sound of so many young boys & girls enjoying their cricket would gladden Griggsy’s heart. Michael Hugman

Stradbroke and District Bowls Club Firstly, we would like to thank all those people who supported our Pudding Party and our Jumble Sale, we raised some much needed funds from each of these two events. Our Green opened on Saturday, 17th April, with a fine sunny afternoon, although a very cold wind was blowing. We played our first Club tournament, the President's Cup, Lee Spraggs was the winner with Bill Robinson runner-up. Here are the dates for the other Club tournaments: 15th May (6.00 p.m.) - Barr's Cup 12th June (6.00 p.m.) - Les Parker Cup 3rd July (6.00 p.m.) - Ray Biggs Cup Club afternoons will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays 2.00 - 4.00 p.m. Visitors are most welcome to come along. Perhaps you can come and say hello on Saturday morning, 8th May, at the 'Fun and Fitness morning' to celebrate the opening of the Elvin Fitness Track. Lily Lofts

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Sports Roundup

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Stradbroke Village Games The SAS are back! Many of you will remember our Stradbroke Village games last year which we held at Westhall. Well, this year we’re doing exactly the same again but with a much bigger cast of people – and that means YOU! Although our budget isn’t quite as big as the one for the Olympics, by about £9.3 billion, we aim to make it a really fun afternoon for all the family with lots of games for everyone to join in. Highlights of the day will include: Wheelbarrow race, Obstacle race, Welly throwing, Penalty shoot-out and, of course… The Stradbroke Mile So, get your diaries out and make a note of the date: 2.00 pm on Sunday, 2nd May on the Green at Westhall (If the weather’s bad, we’ll change the date to 9th May) Sam Hackett 388872 or

Stradbroke White Hart Bowls Club A fine start to the season both on and off the green. We had a splendid social evening at the White Hart in April, as a preamble to the new season followed by the first of our Club Cup competitions, the Alec Abbott cup. This competition is the opening game every season and it is usually rained off, but this time it was played in perfect sunshine and resulted in a win for Trevor Loane, with Jim May continuing last season’s good form, coming in as runner up. Our first league match was in the Waveney League Div 1, away to Dickleburgh, where we won by 5 shots overall. The last rink to finish was a very tight game and ended in near darkness but meant we won on three of the four rinks and came away with 6 points to Dickleburgh’s 1. A good start for us in what promises to be a very competitive league this season. Thank you to everyone who organised and supported the Bingo evening on 23rd April, it is appreciated. Mike Readman

Stradbroke Youth Football Club An eventful few weeks since the last report...over Easter we had games against Sporting 87 of Bury. The 13s ran out comfortable winners by 4-1, whilst the -11s had three mini matches of 20 minutes each. Losing the first 0-2, Stradbroke improved in the second to draw 2-2 with Elliot Steele scoring twice and then in the final session winning 2-1 with Owen Hargrave and William Hunter Ramsey scoring our goals. Overall a 4-5 loss but improving fast. A big thank you to Mrs Barrow, Head Teacher at Stradbroke Primary School for her support and for letting us borrow the school football kits for our games. On 28th April we will have had our parents / players meeting to talk about what we have achieved so far and what our aims are for the 2010-2011 season. On 8th May from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon the new track and outdoor fitness equipment will be opened with a “Fun and Fitness Morning” and SYFC will be there and will put on a football activity (details still to be finalised). On 13th May we will have our inaugural AGM (Community Centre 7.00pm - 9.00pm) when SYFC will be formally established. Everyone is welcome. In particular, if anyone wants to help with the setting up and running of the club we would be pleased to see you at the meeting. As you can imagine it takes quite a lot of effort to organise a new club and we are still a bit short on volunteers. If you can't make the AGM just let Don or me know of your interest. Congratulations are due to Don Darling for his “marathon” efforts last week when despite an injury he completed the course and in so doing raised over £400 for the club. Well done to Don and a big thank you to everyone who sponsored him. Talking of sponsorship, the club will need formal sponsors as we prepare for next season so if you know of any business that might want to support Stradbroke’s youth football please let Don (388098) or myself (388341) know. We are hoping for a main sponsor for the club as well as supporting sponsors for equipment and so on. It would be very positive if those sponsors were in or connected to Stradbroke so perhaps some of the businesses in the village might like to think about becoming supporting sponsors (or even a main sponsor !). We will send a note round to those businesses that we know of, so they can see what is needed and can think about whether they might like to help us next season Finally, we plan to continue training sessions up until the end of May and then take a break until the start of the new season. During the summer holidays depending on numbers, we hope to be able to organise a number of "one-off" events for the boys such as a specific coaching day, participation in football tournaments, perhaps a film night or the odd friendly or two - so watch this space ! Mike Readman and Don Darling

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Gardeners Notes I look forward to May because even our messy garden looks a treat, fresh growth everywhere, the grass fully recovered after winter and plenty of bird song and insect activity. The cowslips throughout April have been very abundant and by May the cow parsley will be out along the roadside, don't miss the opportunity to see the orchids in the cemetery which are normally out during early summer, a couple of years back I counted about 30 different wild flowers and May/June time is certainly the best. I say this most years but this year it is more important than ever, try not to cut the grass when bees are active on it, later in the day is better. If you have lots of clover in your grass try to leave some areas for the bees. This is particularly beneficial to solitary bees as alot of the pollen rich plants come out in late May into June. If you are thinking of re-planting any areas try to use at least a few insect friendly plants like buddleja, sedums, nepeta (catmint), foxgloves and in a corner of your garden there is nothing wrong with a patch of stinging nettles for caterpillars. Earlier in the year I helped someone create a woodland garden in a newly cleared area, I have done this on a small scale before but this time we created quite a large area to include a walk. Normally in the garden the herbaceous border is slow to get going in spring but because of the nature of woodland plants wanting to do their bit before the trees come into leaf we have been enjoying it from late January and there is still lots more to come with foxgloves, geraniums and Japanese windflowers. We also incorporated some new trees with an Amelanchier having just flowered, a Katsura tree with it's beautiful foliage and sugary smelling leaves and Persian Ironwood with beautiful autumn colour. Bulbs are also very important in woodland areas and it is a good opportunity to plant native british bluebells and snowdrops. The wood anemones have also been worth while (Nemorosa and blanda) and are best planted as corms and rootlets in autumn. Jobs to be getting on with now are plenty, there is still time to mulch beds to cut down on weeding and keep moisture in the soil. Staking is important on tall herbaceous plants and rather than individual canes,it is better to use mess or pea sticks so the support is less obvious. As soon as we get any rain the weeds will romp away so hoeing little and often is the best way to keep on top of things, if the weeds are not too big they will just wilt away. Over the winter a lot of plants suffered with the cold, particularly evergreens like Choisya, bays, Hebes and phormiums, now the cold weather has passed and things have started to grow well trim out any damaged foliage so it recovers over the summer, if left too late in the year it won't have a chance to harden off before next year. A good feed with bonemeal or growmore will also help and don't let them dry out over the summer. Hebe and rosemary may well not fully recover and if they show no signs of new growth take them out and start again. The larger leaved Hebes were particularly hard hit this winter so maybe try smaller leaved ones. Evergreen hedges can be cut now before it gets too dry, if cutting box try not to do it in full sun and watch out for nesting birds. If you don't grow any other vegetables most of us have space for salads, they grow so easily and can be grown in pots. The cut and come again lettuces and rocket with radlishs make an easy cost effective option expecially when compared to shop bought bagged salads. Happy gardening, Luke

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Sports Roundup

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Stradbroke Tennis Club – Fun and Fitness Saturday 8th May 2010 10am – 12 noon The tennis club in conjunction with the above event will be holding an open session on the courts in Wilby Road. This is free to all ages who wish to try tennis as their sport and there will be a LTA tennis coaches on hand to give their expert advice on all aspects of the game. There will be a speed gun for those who wish to register their speed of serve (prize for the fastest serve of the day). Tennis equipment will be on hand, and we only ask you wear tennis shows or trainers with non marking soles. The tennis club look forward to seeing you on court on Saturday 8th May. John Bedwell, Chairman

Stradbroke Football Club Thank goodness football is coming to an end, after a disastrous season with no pitch for the last five games, we have now secured a pitch to have at Dennington. The posts at High School disappeared during the Easter Holidays (no fault of the High School). The 1st team will play in Division Three and the Reserves in Division Six next season. We thank everyone for their help. The next cash bingo is on 12 May at the Community Centre. The April Bingo raised £58.60. The club is running a Bus to Gt Yarmouth Greyhounds on 19th June and the cost is £12 which includes the bus fare, entrance, rail card, free betting card, drink and lottery bonus number. All enquiries to M Ellis 384 642 and there are 50 tickets available on a first come basis, so book now to avoid disappointment. The presentation evening is on Saturday May 22nd at the Queens Head. The AGM is on June 4th at 7:30pm in the Sports Pavilion. Players there and please make an effort to attend. M Ellis

Letters to the Editors Sir, “I would like to thank all those who kindly sponsored me in my “Swimathon 2010” challenge at Stradbroke swimming pool. I managed to complete my 1.5k target (75 lengths) and have forwarded a total of £130 to Swimathon in aid of Marie Curie cancer care. Many thanks, Vivienne Goffee” Sir, “Many thanks to everyone who gave to the Life Boat collection in Wilby Road—Peter”

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29 April

Annual Parish Meeting 7.30pm, Community Centre

29 April–3 May Art Exhibition in the Church Thursday 10am - 6pm, All Saints Stradbroke 1 May

FOASS Plant Sale at 9:30am, All Saints Church

1 May

Roughcast “Tis a Pity She’s a Whore” Community Centre 7.30pm See inside for details.

2 May

Village Games, Westhall, starting 2pm. See inside for details.

4 May

Baptist Church—Coffee, Chat and Bric a Brac. 10am—11.30am

4 May

Contact Club every Tuesday 10am Community Centre

4 May

Badminton Club, every Tuesday SBEC Sports Hall 8pm

5 May

SLHG Visit to Diss, 6.30pm meet in Community Centre car park.

5 May

Chess Club, Diss Cue Club, every Wednesday 7.30pm

5 May

Play and Stay Session every Wednesday, Community Centre 10 –11.30am

5 May

Table Tennis Club, every Wednesday, Community Centre, 7.30pm

6 May

Over 60’s Club, 2pm Community Centre

6 May

Royal British Legion Branch Meeting 11:30am, The King’s Head Laxfield

6 May

All Saints Church Cleaning 10am onwards.

8 May

Fun and Fitness Day, Recreation Ground, Wilby Rd, 10am - 12 noon

8 May

Stradbroke & District Pre School ‘Old Skool Disco’ 7.30pm Community Centre

11 May

Good Neighbours AGM, Community Centre, 11.15am

11 May

Parish Council Meeting, Community Centre, 7.30pm

12 May

Cash Bingo iao of Stradbroke Football Club, Community Centre

12 May

Cameo Lunch Baptist Church Hall 12.30pm

13 May

Woman’s Institute meeting 7:30pm, Community Centre

13 May

SYFC Annual General Meeting 7pm, Community Centre Sports Bar.

14 May

Coffee morning in aid of Children’s Orphanage in Mombasa Kenya 10am – 12noon, 18 Bishops Way

15 May

Flower Sale iao Church Flower Show 9am – 3pm, 21 Woodfields Stradbroke

15 May

Red Feather Club, Horham 1940’s Dance, 7.30pm

15 - 16 May

“Stradbroke has talent” 10am - 5pm, All Saints Stradbroke

16 May

Baptist Church “Friends Reunited” See inside for details.

16 May

Red Feather Club Grand Open Day 10am—5pm See inside for details.

19 May

Stradbroke Local History Group Annual General Meeting 7pm, Community Centre

20 May

Over 60’s Club, 2pm Community Centre

20 May

Stradbroke Community Centre Annual General Meeting 7.30pm

21 May

Supper in Wilby – A talk about the Chelsea Physic Garden 7:30pm, Wilby Village Hall

22 May

Books ‘n Bric-a-Brac 10.30am - 12 noon, St Peter’s Church, Sibton

22 May

Stradbroke FC Presentation Evening, Queens Head See inside for details.

26 May

Drop in for Coffee Baptist Church Hall 10—11.30am

27 May

Over 60s outing to Woodbridge 10am onwards See inside for details.

27 May

Stradbroke Cinema 7pm for 7:30pm, Stradbroke Community Centre See inside for details.

29 May

The Orwell String Quartet 7:30pm, Sibton Church

4th June

Stradbroke FC AGM 7:30pm, Sports Pavilion

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