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Stradbroke First Responders - Update! Stradbroke First Responders has now been up and running for nearly 5 months and we have had an even stream of calls over the period May to August 2009. Out of the 23 calls received and attended, 9 of those were for the Stradbroke area. As our scheme is linked with the Laxfield scheme, we can cover quite a few areas including Wilby, Brundish and Fressingfield. At present we are sharing a kit with Laxfield but very shortly, due to kind donations from various people and groups, we shall have 2 kits of our own. Recent donations have been received from the WI in Stradbroke and Robin Brice from Rattlerow Farms. The scheme is very grateful to these people, as we have been able to furnish our kits with the equipment that is much needed. I would like to say thank you to the volunteers who have joined the scheme as I could not have set up such an important service for the community without them. They are Rita Chilvers, Julia Green, Ann Baker and Marianne Pierce-Sanderson. There are another 4 people currently processing their applications to join and again a big thank you to them for their interest in serving the community. Finally, may I ask is your house name or number displayed on the front of your property? This can cause delays if we, or our fellow volunteers from Laxfield, cannot find you. Vital minutes have been lost in the past because of this problem. Please help us, or any emergency service, to help you. If you are interested in joining this scheme or would like more information, please call me on 01379 384323. Alternatively, you can email me at Nicky McDonald Stradbroke First Responders Co-Ordinator

Church Clock Update!

Inside this issue: Local Churches


Parish Pump




Letters to the Editor


Forthcoming Events


News & Views


Sports Roundup


Gardeners Notes


Last month I said that all was under control but my honeymoon period is now over. The clock suddenly started to lose 5 minutes per hour or one hour in every twelve. It chimed at odd times and every body blamed me. David Streeter arranged for a clock expert called Clive to come and I joined him in the tower. Apparently the flywheel (Clive called it the fly) sat in worn bushes and had started to stick. I tried to look knowledgeable as he pointed out other worn bushes and we both nodded shrewdly. It needs an overhaul soon which means, sadly, no clock for a while and then hopefully years ahead of good timekeeping. David Merritt

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Local Churches Stradbroke Baptist Church Tools With A Mission Thank you to the many friends who have given a wide variety of tools. These will soon be delivered to the Ipswich HQ of TWAM. During last year 205 tonnes of aid (worth over £1m) were shipped from Ipswich. Included in the impressive list are 3470 sewing machines, and over 1000 carpentry sets. These items give opportunities for employment, income and self respect. The need is so great that we propose to continue collection at the Baptist Church. Please let us know if you have items which may prove useful, we will gladly collect. A list of goods required is available, or you may wish to visit Thank you for helping us help others! We welcome you to join us for our Sunday Services or other activities. Sundays Every week 10:15am Speakers for Oct 4th & 11th John Ling, 18th & 25th David Wilson

Cameo Lunch Weds 14th at 12.30pm Drop in for Coffee Weds 28th 10 - 11.30am Home Group Fri 23rd 7.30pm (Home based for study and prayer) “We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand.” The picture of the farmer with fork and straw in his mouth is but a distant memory in these days of computerized combines, augers and grain stores rather than forks, sheaves and corn stacks. But the ‘hymn’ is still true, we need God’s input to provide a harvest. In fact all we use to create our modern society, is, but a recycling of the abundant variety which God has provided for our discovery and use. We should say “Thank You Father God” Contacts: Eric Havers 388173

John Ling 388751

Malcolm Ramm 388798

Stradbroke Baptist Church, Laxfield Road Stradbroke, Suffolk

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Local Churches

All Saints, Stradbroke 4th October 10th October 11th October FLOWER FESTIVAL 12th October 18th October St Luke’s Day 25th October

Holy Communion Harvest Flower Festival Memorial Service (see below) Holy Communion Harvest Festival Mattins Preacher: Bishop of Dunwich Primary School Harvest Service Holy Communion, hymns & sermon Holy Communion Evensong and “Healing Service” Parish Communion

8.00am 10.00 am 12 noon 8.00 am 11.00 am 9.30 am 7.30 pm 8.00 am 6.30 pm 9.00 am

All Saints Church Fund Raising Committee The Village Show was a great success this year mainly thanks to Roly and Angela Copping who do so much work towards it. Thank you both! People from outside of the village, Mr & Mrs A Gillingwater from Harleston, won the “Potato Competition” and the highest placed Stradbroke resident was Margaret Jenkins. The competition will be held again next year. The results were:- Cookery Cup - A. Copping, won the “Stradbroke Bakery Cup” Flower Arranging Joint Winners were D Pyer and M. Streeter winning the “Show Cup” Cut Flowers & Pot Plants, R. Copping won the “Streeter Cup” Vegetables, “Copping Cup” won by Roly Copping. There was £458.21p profit from the show. The Cake Stall still flourishes and on the 5th of September raised £148.00. Our next event is the Harvest Supper, which is on the 2nd October at 7.30pm in the Community Centre a Hot Meal with wine etc including entertainment by Fred will be £7.00 a ticket from the Post office available nearer to the time. The Craft Morning, which has a Christmas theme, is taking place in the Community Centre on the 17th October between 10.00am and 1.00pm. I hope to see you there. As you read this, Pat Fill will be recovering from her operation at Papworth Hospital. All the committee wish her well and look forward to her participation in the near future. God Bless. Mary Ellis.

The Rectory - Tel: 384363 Email: Dear Friends, In October the Church will be full of celebration and thanksgiving. On Sunday 4th, there are Harvest Services at Horham at 11.15 am, and at Redlingfield at 6.30 pm. That week we shall decorate the church to start the Festival on Saturday 10th, at 10.00 am. From 11.30 am, it will be open only for those coming to attend the Memorial Service for Sam Newsom at 12 noon that day, and visitors to the Flower Festival will be welcomed again from 1.00 pm till 6.00 pm. In the evening, at 7.30 pm, Adam and Matthew Moore will perform a kind of slow, ambient, improvised music with guitar and laptop – an opportunity to hear a most original programme. Admission is free, donations are gratefully received and there’s a glass of wine on offer. Sunday 11th opens the doors for 8.00 am, and before 11.00 am for Festival Morning Prayer with the Bishop of Dunwich, and please look round afterwards, from 12 noon until 6.00 pm. A watercolour painting of the Church (by MS) is first prize – with many more – in the Raffle. Sunday is also our 40th Wedding Anniversary, and there’s another welcome to you all at the Church for tea, cake and sparkling wine between 3.00 and 6.00 pm. Do join us then or earlier On Monday 12th the Primary School have their Harvest Service at 9.30 am, and Eye Church Choir will be with us at 7.30 pm. On Tuesday 13th, a Sale of Harvest Produce in the Church is from 10.00 am until 4.30 pm. for Christian Aid. Saturday 17th is the date for abseiling down the 100ft church tower. (Applications to me – D.S) Sunday 18th is St Luke’s Day, and the theme of our services at 8.00 am and at 6.30 pm is the ministry of healing, and prayer for those who supply medical & caring services, & all in need. All Saints Churching Cleaning, Thursday, 1st. October 10.00 am onwards Church and State is a project creating ambient music on guitar and laptop. Each piece is improvised and treated with a series of delays and pitch changers to produce a warm cloud of tones. This music sounds very special when performed in a church. Church and State is brothers Adam and Matt Moore and the performance will begin at 7:30 on October 10th at Stradbroke Church and last for one hour. Admission is free. Come and enjoy this unique form of ambient music making. With all good wishes, David and Margaret Streeter.

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Stradbroke Parish Council The Parish Pump! Parish Council Meeting - 14 September 2009

NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: 12 October 2009 at 7.30pm At the Community Centre

Please report defective street lights to Suffolk County Council on 0800 591 055

The Church Clock repairs have been arranged! Photo Derek Routen.

Affordable Housing Prior to the start of the meeting Sunila Osborne of Suffolk ACRE addressed the Council on the subject of affordable housing surveys. It is quite some time since such a survey was undertaken in the village and Councillors were of the opinion that up to date information was needed prior to embarking on another. Planning Applications considered: 2366/09 Rear single storey extension to form new bedroom and ensuite. Existing garage to be converted to form a dining room. The Coach House, Church Street Approval was recommended. Results of planning applications considered by MSDC since the Parish Council last met: The following had planning permission granted: 1856/09 re-build porch with oak timber frame Manor Farm, Fressingfield Rd 1277/09 repairs to timber frame. Reinstate south attic window in existing opening. Replace 5 windows to ground floor (revised designs to those approved under 4096/08 Manor Farm, Fressingfield Rd 1905/09 erection of new garage (following demolition of existing) Rookswood, Bayles Way Other Matters: The annual audit report had been received. All was satisfactory and the statement was approved.There had been some concerns about the fencing and log edging at the play park at Westhall. These have now been addressed. Some remedial work was also required at the Community Centre Play Park and this would be attended to The street light opposite Skinners had been out for quite some time, despite many calls to have it repaired. This has now been attended to. Please either report defective street lights to Suffolk County Council on 0800 591 055 or contact the Clerk. News Items New Parish Councillor: Oliver Last was co-opted onto the Parish Council at this meeting and was welcomed by the Chairman. Church Clock: It had not escaped many people’s notice that the church clock had been running slightly out of kilter recently, prior to being stopped. Repairs had been arranged and the Parish Council agreed, in principle, to make a donation towards the work. Playing Field Drainage: The work on this project commenced and, by the time this magazine is being read, should be almost completed. Hurrah! This has been a long time coming but the end is now in sight and cricket and football would soon be played on a first class surface. Stradbroke Monthly Editor: The Council learned, with regret, that Tony Ambler will be hanging up his green eye shade in March next year after three years in the Editor’s chair. He has put in a terrific amount of work on the magazine and will be a hard act to follow. This gives any budding Citizen Kane the opportunity to put their skills to work for the village! If you have an interest in doing your bit for village life this could be your chance! Please give Tony a call for information; he would be delighted to hear from you. Alternatively you can call Ann Kerr on 01379 384975 or email The next meeting of the Parish Council: 12 October 2009 at 7.30pm Clerk to the Parish Council: Carol A Smy tel: 01379 384679 email: ** Please make any non-emergency calls to the Clerk between ** ** 0830 and 1800hrs Monday to Friday only. **

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Life in the Legion Jack Goulding from Hoxne was the Guest Speaker at the September Meeting at The King’s Head Laxfield, and his subject was ‘A Year in China.’ He illustrated a most interesting talk with coloured slides, and was thanked by Branch Secretary Jeremy Higgins on behalf of the members present. In the tribute at the start of the meeting we mentioned in particular those killed as a result of the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Jeremy Higgins presented the Treasurers report as Roy Neil could not attend, and a Committee Meeting was arranged at The Chantry on September 24th at 6pm. Letters will be sent to all members with details of the AGM on November 5th, the forthcoming Launch of The Poppy Appeal in Stradbroke on the 23rd October and in Laxfield on the 24th October, and The Christmas Carols and Lunch on the 10th December. The County Report was given by Nick Eade, The H Group Representative on The County Committee, and he also gave details of the H Group AGM at Brome on Wednesday 28th October. This is to be hosted by The Hoxne Branch. The next Branch Meeting in on Thursday 1st October at 11.30am at The King’s Head Laxfield and the Guest Speaker will be Michael Graham from Ipswich. Members please attend if you can. Our members have been out and about. John Graham attended a Caseworker Course at Woodbridge, and Alan King has visited the Normandy Battlefields with his daughter Joyce Cooper on a Poppy Travel Excursion, and Jeremy Higgins, Albert Siggers and myself attended a Recruiting Conference at The RBL Club at Lakenheath. Michael Burton – Branch Chairman.

Stradbroke Primary School I am delighted like to be sharing news from Stradbroke Primary once again. I have returned to school from Maternity Leave and I am happy to announce that I am now a parent to a lovely baby girl. It is always great to see parents and children again after the Summer break. We welcome our new Reception class and eight older new children and their families to Stradbroke. As ever, I invite parents choosing schools this year to contact me for a chat and tour of Stradbroke Primary. Choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions a parent has to make for their child- I am always happy to assist with this. This term promises to be a fun and busy one. You may have seen some interestingly dressed children walking around Stradbroke recently- Class 2 held a “pirate” day and we had some great costumes. All classes are currently busy preparing for our forthcoming harvest festival at Stradbroke Church. Our brass band the “music makers” will also be performing at various school events this term. Our youngest children are able to use our Infant play area now and we starting work to expand our ICT suite and library. Stradbroke Primary is a good place to be and I look forward to sharing more news with you as the year progresses. Melanie Barrow, Headteacher.

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Organisations Stradbroke Women’s Institute

Balloon fun for the Women’s Institute last month!

We welcomed two visitors to our September meeting, Sam and June, both newcomers to Stradbroke and we do hope that they enjoyed the evening and will come again. After the business of the evening was over, Ally Riding spoke to us on “Balloon Fun”, and it proved to be just that – a great fun evening. Ally works for the Stenna Line, entertaining children on the ships. We learned quite a lot about balloons, how to produce various animals and many shapes for all occasions. Some of our favourites were a Rocking Horse, Palm Tree complete with climbing Monkey, a huge Flower, a Bee, Giraffe and many more. The “piece de resistance”, was I feel, the three Penguins from large to small. Absolutely beautiful! Mobile phones came into use to take pictures of Irene and Phyllis who, with a little help form A|ly and amid lots of laughter, did their best to produce a dog each, Fido and Fifi. I gave the vote of thanks and Betty Chittock won the competition with her greatdecorated balloon. Well-done ladies! Our next meeting is on October the 8th; 7.30pm in the Community Centre so do come along and join us. Iris Badcock, Press Secretary

Neighbourhood Watch PCSO Steven Long intends to be in the Library on Thursday 22nd October 11.00 until 11.30am to meet members of the public who wish to discuss any concerns they might have. There were two incidents recently in the area of a thief pretending to be an electrical engineer who talks his way into people’s houses and then steals their cash. The individual is described as a white male between 40 and 50 years old with a chubby round face. There were also several incidents reported in Suffolk recently of two males both with Irish accents carrying out gardening work for people and then refusing to leave without an excessive payment. Advice for dealing with these types of incidents was detailed in last month magazine. People in Suffolk have also been caught out in share scams where they have bought worthless shares and lost large sums of money. People should only buy shares from accredited dealers (these can be checked on line at and, like all things in life, if a deal seems to good to be true then it probably is! Last Halloween an elderly couple in Stradbroke had eggs thrown at their front door The police will issue posters, available from the and windows. Similar incidents this year should be reported to the police using 999 Post Office from late immediately. The police will issue posters, available from the Post Office from late OcOctober, for members of tober, for members of the public who do not wish to become involved in “Trick or the public who do not wish Treat”. These posters, which should be displayed on the front of your property, tells to become involved in Trick or Treaters that you are not to be bothered. The police also intend to request “Trick or Treat”. traders in the area to only sell eggs to adults in the run up to Halloween to prevent a repetition of last years events. And finally, I have got to give up Neighbourhood Watch at the end of this year having done it for 2 years so if anybody wishes to take over please contact me on the number below. 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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Organisations Stradbroke Local History Group

Stradbroke Local

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

History Group

At last months meeting the weather, for once this summer, was unkind and we didn’t get much done outside but we did record all the tombstones inside the church. We will continue to record the stones in the churchyard as and when members have time. October Meeting - Wednesday 7th October at 7.00pm in The Community Centre. Have you ever wondered what happens when a big development takes place and an archaeological evaluation is required or how Archaeology is managed in Suffolk? Have you found something ancient and corroded buried in your garden(old lawnmower engines don’t count, neither does Great Aunt Maud )? If you would like to know more about how our past is evaluated and protected then please come along to this month’s meeting. Our speaker is John Newman who works in Suffolk County Council’s Archaeological Service. John will explain how archaeology is organised in Suffolk and the sort of work he does with contractors on different types of projects. If you have any “finds” please bring them along and John will try to identify them for you. Non Members £2 ( includes tea, coffee and biscuits after the meeting ) Mike Readman

Over 60’s Club We continue to have good attendance at our fortnightly meetings. We had a day trip to Felixstowe in July when a few of our friends joined us. It was a nice sunny day, which was enjoyed by all. In August we had a tea party with entertainment by Ray Hubbard a really jolly afternoon; he was most entertaining. Our next meeting is on Thursday 1st October. Please remember that there will be no meeting on the 15th October as we have our last trip of the year to Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday the 14th October leaving the Community Centre at 10.00am. We will be leaving Bury St Edmunds at 3.30 so we should be home at around 5.00pm. Anyone wishing to join us on this trip will be most welcome and the fare will be £5.00. To book a seat please ring Joan on 388723 or Jean on 384563. Joan Grimes

Letters to the Editor Dear Sir, The FOASS are glad to report the success of David Streeter's very amusing talk about his various experiences in the course of arranging flowers for the church and competition work. The talk was supported by six arrangements in stunning colours and as a result we raised just over £100. Margaret Buckland for FOASS Dear Sir, On behalf of Stradbroke P.C.C. I should like to thank all of those who took part in the “Sponsored Cycle Ride” , especially Andrew Hugman who always raises a considerable sum of money for our church. Thank you all very much. Mary Ellis Dear Sir, Re: The Stradbroke Village Show. I would like to thank the stewards and anybody else who helped in any way with the show and to especially thank all the exhibitors who took part. The standard this year was particularly high with over 380 exhibits from over 50 exhibitors. The “Bucket of Potatoes” was a resounding success and will be included in next year’s event, which has been provisionally booked for the 31st July 2010 with buckets and seed potatoes on sale in March. Roly Copping Dear Sir, I would like to thank all my neighbours and friends in Stradbroke for their kind wishes and to all the visitors who came to see me while I was in hospital. Pam Meed. Dear Sir, Re: Stradbroke Table Tennis Club With the start of the new season upon us, I thought it would be nice to thank all those who took part in making last season so enjoyable. It will be nice to see old friends and hopefully new ones, as everyone is welcome young and old. We meet in the Community Centre every Wednesday at 7.30pm so why not come along and have a game. Tony Potts Dear Sir, I would like to thank everyone who gave to the Marie Curie Collection in Wilby Rd. The total collected was £40.83. Anon Dear Sir, I would like to thank everyone in Wilby Rd who gave to the Kidney Research Collection. The total collected was £31.05 Anon

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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;

Stradbroke Good Neighbours Our phone number is 07749445531 :- Can we help you? Do 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.

Friends of All Saints Stradbroke FOASS 2010 Stradbroke Calendar On sale at the Post Office now, price £6 This gorgeous calendar contains an A4 monthly planner, 13 full-page photographs, and 55 smaller pictures, all of village scenes and events. The calendar has been produced by the Friends of All Saints Stradbroke, with contributions from many people in the village. We’ve been lucky to receive some excellent pictures, including a few of less commonly photographed parts of Stradbroke. All proceeds will go towards maintaining the fabric of the church. It really is a lovely calendar and would make a perfect Christmas gift for anyone who knows the area, or just appreciates good photography. There will be a limited number on sale, but for people requiring larger quantities, or not needing the calendars until later in the year, order forms are available in the post office. Please enclose payment and leave behind the counter. I will then contact you to confirm you order. You can also place an order by telephoning me on 388098. Carol Darling. Following last year's popularity, the FOASS will be holding More Tastes of Europe on Sat 14 November at 7.30pm at the Community Centre. Tickets at £12 each will again include food and a glass of wine. We will be making dishes from four different countries. Watch his space for further details next month. Tickets will be available from the Post Office towards the end of October or telephone 01379 384102 or 01379 384825. Margaret Buckland

Lottery Bonus Winners 34 – A. Copping. 21 – D. Smith 5 – B. Moore 39 – M. Dann 47 – R. Lee £48.00 donated to the Tennis Club, £48.00 donated to the Community Centre, £24.00 donated to Wilby W.I. Mary Ellis


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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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Craft Fair and Mini Market We are holding the above in the Syleham & Wingfield Village Hall on the 17th October between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Refreshments will be available and the event is in aid of St Andrews Church, Wingfield. Dawn Smith

Harleston Players Harleston Players, Founded 1927 present Shakers (re-Stirred) by John Godber and Jane Thornton Every town has its Shakers the oh-so-trendy cocktail bar where everyone wants to be seen; from the check out girls to the chinless wonders, from the yuppies to the local lads. We are given a wickedly funny glimpse of this world by the four long suffering waitresses offering a fascinating view of the reality that lurks behind the plastic palms and Pina Coladas. Harleston Players have chosen this richly absorbing yet tellingly revealing modern comedy for their Autumn production.......not to be missed !!! Performances at Archbishop Sancroft High School, Harleston 28th to the 31st October at 7.30pm. Wednesday 28th Shakers Club Night all tickets £10 All other tickets: £8.00 (concs. £6.00) available from Harleston Pet Stores.Phone bookings on 01379 676324 Two course pre-show supper at Gurney's Bistro in Old Market Place £10 Tel: 01379 854257 For more info:

Harleston Players latest production is at the end of October.

Stradbroke Library News Our monthly book group meeting for the over 50’s starts on Thursday 15th October at 2.30pm. Refreshments will be provided. If you are interested, call in at the library for more information. We are also starting UK online basic computer courses for beginners in October. These will be held when the library is closed and are free sessions. If you would like to be added to the list to take part, call in at the library with your name, address and telephone number. Don’t forget that we run weekly Baby bounce/rhyme time book start sessions on Tuesday mornings 11.15 to 11.45 for babies and toddlers. Maureen John, Stradbroke Library Manager

Stradbroke Wine Society

Don’t forget Tuesday morning Baby Bounce in the library!

English Vineyards seldom produce good red wines because our climate is not hot enough. However, on the 5th September we visited Carter’s Vineyard in Essex and were all treated to a short video, a trail through the vines, a tour of the winery, the tasting of 5 of their wines and some liqueurs followed by supper. One of the wines was red and, although we felt it maybe lacked some body, it was a delightful fresh “summer” wine. If our climate continues to warm then it is anticipated that fuller bodied reds will be produced. Our next event is at the Stradbroke Community Centre on Saturday 31st October at 7.00pm when Helen Duddridge will be talking us through tasting of “Old World and New World Wines”. If you enjoy wine and would like to join our society please give me a call on 01379 384439. Claudene Merritt

Poppy Appeal Launch - Coffee Morning Friday 23rd October 10am to 12 noon At the Chantry, Queen Street. A Coffee Morning to which everybody is invited will be held to launch The 2009 Poppy Appeal. The entrance will be 50p and this will include Refreshments. There will be a Draw, and a Bring and Buy Sales Table – with Cakes and Produce so please come along and support this vital cause. Jeremy Higgins - Poppy Organiser.

Coffee to launch the 2009 Poppy Appeal on 23rd October.

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Forthcoming Events

Help for Churches Would you be prepared to help our parish churches by ‘examining’ their annual accounts? As churches are public bodies, they are required to have their accounts reviewed by someone independent of the PCC (Parochial Church Council) but suitable people are sometimes difficult to find. I am trying to compile a list of people available to do this within our local area. Church accounts do not, in general, need full audit, merely a common-sense check. Anyone who has been in business or been a clerk/treasurer would probably have the necessary knowledge and skills but, of course, discretion and confidentiality are essential. There is advice available from the Charity Commission and the Diocese. Examination usually takes place February/March of each year. Any arrangement would be directly with the PCC in question; and, in my experience, examiners generally offer their services free but there may well be a tangible ‘appreciation’. If you are interested, please contact me on 01379 669258 or Mary Lewis, Hoxne Deanery Organiser, Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich

Community Centre Car Park The Parish Council is pleased to announce that the main car park and the one behind the Swimming Pool are to be marked out with proper parking bays once the drainage works on the Field are complete. This will create 52 marked spaces and makes better use of the three parking areas that we have. The standard is to be the wider ones used at Morrisons in Diss, not the narrower ones at Tescos or the near side of the Railway Station! Gerald Jenkins

Creative Writing Workshops in Stradbroke For anyone who wants to write or develop a writing project. Writing exercises and discussion. A supportive & invigorating atmosphere. New writers welcome. 10 - 3 pm £20 per session October 3rd at Stradbroke B&E College, October 31st, December 5th Ring Bernardine 01986 798154 to book.

Stradbroke Cricket Club Greyhound Racing Evening Stradbroke Cricket Club present a “Greyhound Racing Evening” on Saturday 3rd October in the Stradbroke Community Centre 1st Race 7:30pm Entry £6 per person (includes Fish & Chip Supper) How you can help! For £20 you can sponsor a race, & name the dogs For £2 you can own a dog in a race & win the sponsors prize For just 50p you can bet on any dog You can donate a raffle prize. Bring your family & friends along to a fun evening There will be a bar & a raffle. Numbers please, to Michael Hugman by Monday 28th September, on 01379-384433

Stradbroke Cinema On Thursday, 22nd. October , Stradbroke Community Centre, 7 for 7.30 pm. Bar will be open - and ice creams in the interval! Entrance £5.50 we are showing Angels & Demons (12a) A suspense thriller. Featuring Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer & Ewan McGregor A prequel of Dan Brown’s hugely successful book The Da Vinci Code. The murder of a physicist draws symbologist Robert Langdon in to investigate a secret brotherhood -played by Oscar-winner Tom Hanks - as he attempts to unravel a dark conspiracy in various locations around Rome and Vatican City. The real theme of the film is the battle between science and religion. Margaret Streeter

New Instructor – New Aerobics Classes. There are “New Aerobics” classes starting in the area on the following days and times: Mondays at Harleston Leisure Centre at 19.15 to 20.15., Thursdays at the Stradbroke Community Centre at 09.30 to 10.30, Fridays at Harleston in the King Georges Hall at 09.30 to 10.30 and 10.45 to 11.45, Over 50’s classes start on September 25th all are £3.00 per class and there is no need to book. Call Sara on 07884 186849for more information.

Wilby W.I Wilby Women’s Institute are holding Flowers and Food by Sheila and Rosie in the Coronation Hall on the 16th October at 7.30pm. A ticket, which will include refreshments, is priced at £5.00 and can be obtained from me or on the door. Come along - everyone is welcome! Mary Ellis

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Forthcoming Events

The Theatre Royal On Tour present “The Liberty Tree” A celebration of Robin Hood and the ancient tradition of English Dissent Two of Britain’s leading storytellers will be going on tour throughout Suffolk, as the Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds presents its latest rural tour to village halls and local venues. Known across the UK for their enchanting storytelling and music, Hugh Lupton & Nick Hennessey will be telling and singing their way deep into the secret, dappled heart of Sherwood Forest. Blending myth with reality, discover mysteries of Sherwood as well as the true and harsher histories of the real English dissenters, tricksters and radicals. Robin Hood boasts to the Merry Fellowship about the ten-tined stag he’s just killed and gralloched even as the air fills with the sound of the baying of the Sheriff’s hounds… as he always has boasted somewhere in the leafy shadows of our minds, and as he always will as long as tyranny rides roughshod over the green freedoms of England. Tickets: £11.50 (concessions £9.50) On sale at the Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds Box Office, 01284 769505 and online at On tour to: Tuesday 20 Hartest Institute Wednesday 21 - Wickhambrook Village Hall Thursday 22 The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds Friday 23 - Stradbroke Community Centre Saturday 24 Stansfield Village Hall. Lucy Close, Communications Officer

Seasonal Flu Clinics ---This information is for patients of Doctors Read, Morris & Manto--It is predicted that there will be an increased demand for seasonal Flu Vaccinations this year and priority will be given to patients attending one of the clinics below. It is much easier for us to manage the “Flu Vaccination Programme” if patients attend the clinics. If, however, you are unable to attend one of these clinics please contact us after the 23rd of October 2009 in order to book an appointment. Please note that due to the cost, we will not be sending out letters to invite patients. If you are eligible for a seasonal flu vaccination please just turn up to one of the walk-in clinics below. It is not necessary to make an appoinment. Please note that this is for the seasonal flu vaccination programme only. We do not yet know the details of the government’s proposed swine flu vaccination programme Walk-in seasonal flu clinics at Fressingfield Tuesday 13th October 9 am to 11 am and 2 pm to 3:30 pm Friday 16th October 9 am to 11 am Friday 16th October 4 pm to 5:30 pm Tuesday 20th October 9 am to 11 am Tuesday 20th October 2 pm to 3:30 pm Friday 23rd October 9 am to 11 am Friday 23rd October 4 pm to 5:30 pm Walk-in seasonal flu clinics at Stradbroke Monday 12th October 9 am to 11 am Monday 12th October 4 pm to 5:30 pm Wednesday 14th October 9 am to 11 am Monday 19th October 9 am to 11 am Monday 19th October 4 pm to 5:30 pm Wednesday 21st October 9 am to 11 am You are eligible for a seasonal flu jab if you: You have chronic respiratory disease, or chronic heart disease, or chronic kidney disease, or chronic liver disease, or you are diabetic, or have a weak immune system or you are over 65 years of age or you have a history of stroke or TIA or Multiple Sclerosis or a disease of the central nervous system.

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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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News & Views

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Fair Trade News Shop @ Eye Parish Church open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am – 1pm . Here again with a quick update. We had a fabulous week in the Church Shop during the Art Exhibition – thanks to everyone who helped out and bought things! As it was so successful we have decided to do the Big Fair Trade Day at Eye Parish Church on WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 11AM – 7PM. There will be a huge display of Fairly Traded food, gifts, stationery, incense, clothes and Christmas goodies available to buy – and we are going to turn it into a party, with cakes, balloons and food sampling – with refreshments available all day. By this time, building work in the Church will be complete and it will be a great opportunity to show off the Abbey Room (and use our own toilets!) This will be our biggest event for over 2 years so do put the date in your diary. Events we are taking a stall to in October include: Syleham & Wingfield Village Hall Mini market and craft fair 10am – 4pm on Saturday 17th October. Eye Green Fair 10am – 4pm Saturday 31st October Framlingham market on Saturday 3rd & 24th October. You’ll notice that the Church Shop hours have gone back to just 3 days a week again – sorry everyone but we just don’t see enough customers at this time of year (oddly!) to justify more open time to volunteers. My diary is still quite empty for the autumn/winter season – so if you would like the fair trade stall to come to your Christmas events just give me a call. Contact: Sue Watson 01379 384558.

Artists for Artists Sake Mid Suffolk District Council has organised a series of talks offering the chance to meet and hear professional contemporary artists talking about their work and practice. Sessions include talks from individual artists, new artists collectives and representatives from artist-run spaces. The dates are: • 15 October 2009 - Laurence Edwards, Sculptor • 12 November 2009 - Chris Nunn & Joel Millerchip, Lielow and Sketch • 3 December 2009 - Grenville Davey, Sculptor • 21 Jan 2010 - Mark Dixon, Experimental Artists • 25 February 2010 - Hilary Owers and Tracey Johnson, Cuckoo Farm Studios • 25 march 2010 - Isabella Pitisci & Laura Potter, Key Arts, Ipswich • For further information on talks, please visit: +Sessions.htm or telephone: 01449 724633. All talks will be held at the Lecture Theatre, Mid Suffolk District Council, 131 High Street, Needham Market, IP6 8DL. Talks start from 7pm, so please arrive from 6.45pm. Cost - £8 for all six sessions or £2.50 each - pay on the night. To book, please call 01449 724633 or email:

Christmas Fayre at Kerrison Kerrison Conference Center Stoke Road, Thorndon, Eye IP23 7JG Present a Christmas Fayre – 10.00am–4.00pm on the 14th & 15th November 2009 There will be a wide range of stalls offering gifts,decorations, local produce and all things festive. Plus a full programme of entertainment including carol singing, brass band and cookery demonstrations. PLUS! bring your children to see Santa in his grotto! There will also be a Farmers Market – 10.00am–2.00pm on Sunday 4th October 2009 and Sunday 1st November 2009 If you are interest in taking a stall at any of these events please contact: Katy Orton on 01379 672747 - or Jackey Allen on 01379 672705

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Sports Roundup

Stradbroke Cricket Club You know the cricket season is over when a huge trench appears across the Playing Field. The talking has stopped, the drainage project has started. On the field, the 1st XI slipped to 10th in the Suffolk Premier League. Successive defeats to Needham Market, heavily, & Walsham, narrowly, despite a career best 87 from josh Franklin-Mann, saw to that. The A Team consolidated their place in Section A. Despite 127 from Alan Barker, 66 from Simon Higgins, & 48 from Stuart Taylor, Caribbeans overhauled their 256 (Lee Bedwell 5 for 60). This was followed by a fine win over Ipswich (Higgins 103, Bedwell 6 for 29), then a defeat at Yoxford. David Allum(38) & Joe Pearson (41) top scored, then Sam Johnson took 3 for 47. Their last game was against Wortham. Barker (56), Alex Fitchett(34) & Steve Warner(33) took Strad to 211 then Bedwell, again with 4 for 18 finished the job. The B Team finally fulfilled their potential. Defeat at Felixstowe (Scott Turner 44), was followed by 229 v DBSL (Michael Hugman 55, Franklin-Mann 50, Dan Tompkins 42) but it was still not enough. Then a record 268 at Worlingworth (Franklin-Mann 76, Tompkins 76) set up a win completed by Dan Manley 3 for 30). The Academy played 14 matches. Their last league game was an exciting draw against Eye. James Webster took 4 for 60, the Fitchett(53) & Allum(38) got within 5 runs of victory. Defeat followed against Mellis despite 44 from Hugman, & 32 from Chris Bacon. There were only 2 youth matches, but both were finals. The Under 13’s restricted Lowestoft to 118 for 3, then knocked off the runs, Tom Davey(31), Lewis Taylor(26), & Kieran Allum(21), doing the damage. The Under 11’s then won their NSYL Final against Garboldisham. Davey, again with 32, Will Bacon with 23 set a challenging target. It looked to be a close finish until Spencer Davey’s spectacular catch. Off the field, details of the Greyhound Race Evening on Saturday 3rd October, can be found elsewhere. The Annual Presentation Evening will be held this year on Saturday 24th October, and the club is delighted that England Captain Charlotte Edwards will be the guest speaker. Details of how you can be there from me. Michael Hugman.

Stradbroke Football Club At last we have sorted out a venue to play, which will be at the High School due to the pitch being drained. We will change as usual at the Pavilion. Training will also hopefully be at the school, in the Sports Hall; more details later. It was kind of somebody to paint our dugout very colourful, but not our choice. The last Bingo night raised £61.10 and the next one will be on the 9th October at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. Please make an effort to come along so that the cash prizes are bigger. Football results: !st team lost to Sporting 87 1 – 0. and lost to Henley 3 – 1. Reserves won 1 – 0 at Ipswich Rovers. The Club has now handed over £1,000 towards the cost of the pitch drainage. Mary Ellis

Stradbroke & District Bowls Club. Our bowling green is now having a “rest” after so much use over the 2009 season; soon the preparation for next season will begin, with lots of hard work for those involved. A very big thank you to all those who helped to keep the green in such good condition in what was a very hot summer. The two young bowlers who competed in the National final in Skegness didn’t come home with any silverware, but gained a lot of experience, which will prove useful in the coming seasons. Well done Lee and Thomas. League final results are as follows: Saxmundham League Finished fourth. Upper Waveney Triples Finished fourth Unfortunately we do not yet have the Woodbridge League final results. Many thanks to all the bowlers who represented the Club in League and Cup Matches. We will be holding some very much-needed fund-raising events in the coming months so we hope to meet up with you there. Lily Lofts

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Gardeners Notes I believe that the Stradbroke Village flower show had more entries this year than ever before. Unfortunately we had booked to go away for the week and all I managed to enter was my potatoes in a bucket. Surprisingly (to me at least) I didn't win, but did achieve what I thought was a very impressive 2lb 14oz, until that is, I found out that the winning total was about 6lb and everyone I bump into in the village seems to have got at least 4lb, never mind, there is always next year! Even though the weather has been very dry here in Suffolk over the summer we have managed to get a good crop of most vegetables and a bumper crop of plums which my son Jack and I have already turned into jam. I got a good tip on growing carrots today from a lady I met in Kenton. She cuts an old plastic barrel in half and puts holes in the bottom, she them fills it up with soil to about 6 inches/15cm from the top. Then sows the carrots in spring, this way she gets great carrots and because they grow below the top of the barrel she doesn't have a problem with carrot root fly. There are plenty of jobs to be getting on with, keep cutting back dead growth and the flower beds will look good until we get a frost. Plants looking good now are Japanese Anenomes in shades of pink and white, they tolerate semi shade to full shade as long as the soil is not too dry, Erigeron or fleabane, a small daisy that grows in cracks in paving is a great little plant. Asters are now in full swing with Aster x frikartii 'Monch' and Aster ' Little Carlow' being particularly good. And if I have said it once I will say it a thousand times that you can's beat dahlias for late summer colour as long as you can be bothered to protect them over winter. They always mention on gardening programmes that you can split herbaceous plants bought at nurseries and garden centers and at this time of year a lot of places sell herbaceous plants off cheaply. More often than not it is just a question of splitting the plant in two, and some times you can get many plants from one pot. Now is the time to get your bulbs in, don't worry if you haven't done it yet as the ground has been so dry they won't have done anything yet, As well as the usual Narcissus and Tulips why not try Crocus, Spring anemones, Camassias Muscari (particularly the white ones) and Scilla. For an Alliumthat's a bit unusual try Allium Bulgaricum and finally for something very special you should try the fox tail lilly Evemurus. I have found that all these grow well if planted as bulbs/corms etc in the autumn. I mentioned that we went away during the summer, we were lucky enough to go to the Isle of Mull in Scotland, it was about as great a contrast to the landscape around here as you could imagine, we managed to see a basking shark, eagles, buzzards, razorbills and plenty of gannets. On the island of Iona I saw a very large organic allotment which reminded me of trying to get allotments going in Stradbroke, if anyone knows of any land in or near the village that may be suitable please contact me at the Wheelwrights or by the village website. otes N s r e n e /Gard /profile k .u g r .o adbroke Happy gardening, Luke. www.str


Diary for Late September 26th Drop in for Coffee at the Baptist Church hall at 10.00am – 12.00pm 27th Harvest Thanks Giving at the Baptisit Church at 10.15am 29th Contact Club meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am Diary for October 1st Over 60’s Club meeting in the Community Centre at 2.00pm 1st R.B.L. Branch Meeting at The King’s Head Laxfield at 11.30am 1st All Saints Church Stradbroke, Church cleaning from 10.00am onwards. 2nd ASCFRC’d Harvest Supper in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 3rd Creative Wrting workshop held at the Stradbroke B&E College 10.00- 3.00pm 3rd Greyhound Racing Evening iao Stradbroke Cricket Club (see inside for info) 4th Sunday Activity in Library Children’s Book Week ”Make a bookmark”.11.00 –12.00pm 4th Farmers Market at Kerrison Conference Center Stoke Road, Thorndon, Eye 6th Contact Club Meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 6th Baby bounce/rhyme time book start sessions. Library on Tuesdays 11.15 – 11.45am 6th Badminton Club meets each Tuesday in the SBEC Sports Hall 8-10pm 7th Play and Stay every Wednesday at the Community Centre 10.00 – 11.30am 7th SLHG 7pm Community Centre - John Newman Guest Speaker (see inside for info) 7th Table Tennis Club meets each Wednesday in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 7th Chess Club every Wednesday in the Diss Cue Club at 7.30pm 8th Women’s Institute Meeting in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 9th Cash Bingo iao Stradbroke Football Club in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 10th Harvest Flower Festival, All Saints Church, 10.00am – 6.00pm 10th Memorial service for the late Sam Newson, 12 noon 10th Music in All Saints Church presents “ Church and State” starts at 7.30pm 11th Sponsored Horse Ride, Poplar Park, Equestrian Centre, Hollesley 11th Festival Mattins, All Saints Church, 11.00am 11th David & Margaret’s 40th Anniversary Celebration 3.00pm onwards. (see inside for info) 12th Primary School Harvest Service, All Saints Church, 9.30am 12th Parish Council Meeting in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 13th Contact Club Meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 13th Sale of Harvest Produce, All Saints Church, 10.00am onwards 14th Cameo Lunch at the Baptist Church Hall at 12.30pm 14th Over 60’s Club trip to Bury St Edmunds leaving the Community Centre at 10.00am 15th Library’s initial Over 50’s Book Group meeting in the Library at 2.30pm 16th Wilby W.I.’s Flowers& Food by Sheila & Rosie. Coronation Hall 7.30pm 17th ASCFRC’s Craft Morning in the Community Centre 10.00 – 1.00pm 17th Craft Fair at Syleham & Wingfield Village Hall 10.00 - 4.00pm 17th Abseiling down the church tower, 9.30am – 1.00pm (see inside for info) 18th Healing Service, All Saints Church, 6.30pm 20th Contact Club Meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 22nd PCSO Steve Long in the Library at 11.00 until 11.30am 22nd A Cinema in Stradbroke Presents “Angels & Demons” (12a) (see inside for info) 23rd “Poppy Appeal” Coffee Morning at “The Chantry”, Queen Street. 10am to 12 noon 23rd The Theatre Royal On Tour present “The Liberty Tree” (see inside for info) 24th Stradbroke Cricket Club Annual Presentation Evening (see inside for info) 27th Contact Club Meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 28th H Group R.B.L. AGM .at Brome hosted by The Hoxne Branch.. 28th Drop in for Coffee at the Baptist Church Hall 10.00 – 11.30am 28th to 31st Harleston Players present “ Shakers” 7.30pm (see inside for info) 31st Stradbroke Wine Society “Old and New World Wines” Community Center at 7.00pm Diary for Early November 5th Royal British Legion AGM (see inside for info) 6th White Hart Bowls Club Prize Bingo Evening for Christmas 7.30pm Community Centre 14th FOASS “Tastes of Europe” held in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 14th & 15th Christmas Fayre – 10.00am–4.00pm (see inside for info)

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