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September 2009

No.351

Back to School Celebrations in Stradbroke! September has arrived and it is “back to school” time! September this year is a special time for one of our schools, as on Friday 25th September 2009, SBEC (as it is today) will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of it’s opening as Stradbroke Secondary Modern School (as it was then). Both our schools were expensive to build in their time, with the Secondary Modern School costing £90,000 when it was built in 1959 and the Primary School £855 when it was built in 1863/64. Ceremonies and celebrations marked both openings and though the fashions may have changed both events marked a huge step forward in the development of the village of Stradbroke.

Opening Day at Stradbroke Primary School on September 28th 1864. Parents and family watch from the sidelines as the new school is opened

You may not have been at the opening of the Primary School but there will be many people who were at the High School in it’s first five years. SBEC would like to hear from anyone involved with the school at that time so please dig out those old photos and any memorabilia and contact SBEC. Details inside the magazine. Mike Readman, SLHG

Radio Stradbroke presents...

Inside this issue: Local Churches

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Marty’s Go-Go Garden Roadshow!

Parish Pump

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Bank Holiday Monday, LIVE on Stradbroke.org.uk August 31, 2009 from 10am to 9pm

Organisations

9

Letters to the Editor

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Forthcoming Events

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News & Views

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Sports Roundup

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Gardeners Notes

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Line Up! 10 AM - 12 PM Wally - Never mind its a Bank Holiday 12 PM - 2 PM Huggy - Life in a Northern Town 2 PM - 4 PM Richard - Not Nul Points 4 PM - 6 PM Wes - Animal Tracks 6 PM - 8 PM Marty - Reggae on my Mind 8 PM - 9 PM Wally Huggy Richard Wes Marty. Anything Goes!

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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: leadmusictuition@googlemail.com Our premises have the benefit of disabled access.

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


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

Contacts Malcolm Ramm 384797 Co-ordinator E. Havers 388173

Our Sunday worship commences at 10.15am. During this time together, we hold Junior Church most Sundays and offer tea, coffee and biscuits after the service, which gives folk time to chat afterwards Speakers for September Eric Havers (includes Communion) 06th 13th John Ling 20th John Ling th 27 Eric Havers (Harvest All Age Service) Cameo Lunch is the 9th September at 12.30am. Why not join us, it’s open to all, we have good food, and plenty of it, quizzes and an assortment of entertainment and a thought for the day. Contact 388173. Drop in for Coffee. Our monthly Coffee Morning has moved to Saturday 26th from 10–12noon. This is our opportunity to support TWAM (Tools with a Mission) by both bringing along our old tools and sharing a cup of coffee, we also hope to raise some cash to help in the cost of transporting these much wanted tools to their destination. Contact Daphne 384175 or Angela 388751. Sunday 27th at 10:15a.m. Time of thanksgiving for Harvest both locally and worldwide and to hear more of the work of TWAM. Why not join us? Don’t forget WE NEED YOUR HELP! As mentioned last month, this month we plan to support the work of TOOLS WITH A MISSION in short TWAM. TWAM enables people to earn a living and to support themselves. In many countries of the world people have few skills, little education and no means of earning a living. A switch from aid dependency to self-sufficiency is impossible without help. TWAM started 23 years ago, and has since then given this help by collecting and refurbishing tools (this is done in Ipswich) and equipment no longer required in the UK and sending them overseas. During the first six months of this year TWAM has dispatched 7 containers to Africa, 4 to Zambia, 2 to Uganda, 1 to Rwanda. For more information visit www.twam.co.uk. Click on 25years. HOW CAN YOU HELP? 1. Watch out for list of wanted tools coming through your letterbox w/c 31st August. Or telephone one of the numbers below for a list. 2. Search out any relevant old tools and bring them along on the 26th. If you require any more information or have tools which you would like collected please contact either Eric on 388173, John on 388751, Malcolm on 384797 or anyone you know who attends the Baptist Church. We look forward to working together to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Eric Havers.

Stradbroke Baptist Church, Laxfield Road Stradbroke, Suffolk

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Local Churches

All Saints, Stradbroke 30th August 6th September 13th September 20th September 27th September 4th October

Parish Communion Benefice Communion at Athelington Holy Communion, Family Service (JC) Holy Communion, Morning Prayer, (DS) Parish Communion, Holy Communion,

10.00 am 10.00 am 8.00 am 10.00 am 8.00 am 10.00 am 9.00 am 8.00 am

All Saints Church Fund Raising Committee By the time you read this we shall know who is the Champion Potato grower, as the buckets will be weighed in the Village Show on August 22nd. We then are having our Harvest supper on the 2nd October at 7.30pm in the Community Centre with a hot meal with wine or juice. The cost will be £7.00 and will also include entertainment by “Fred” (not to be missed). We are holding a Craft Morning on the 17th October 10.00 until 1.00pm in the Community Centre, with orders being taken for Christmas so you can buy your presents early this year. We have another Cake Stall in Church Street in September 5th so anything saleable will be most welcome. Contact either M. Ellis or J Chambers. Lastly; thank you for your support and enjoy the rest of the sunny weather. Mary Ellis

The Rectory - Tel: 384363 Email: davidstreeter@suffolkonline.net Dear Friends, The Church Service Times do have a new pattern, and we look forward to seeing you there and then. Before writing this on 21st August, I completed my entries for the Village Show, including “A Flower Arrangement in a basket”. I shall be taking a basket of fruit and vegetables, and other harvest goodies, to the Community Centre on Tuesday, 8th September, for my talk and demonstration. Please support the Friends of the Church that evening, as we prepare for our Harvest Thanksgiving on 10th, 11th & 12th October, a Three-Day Flower Festival, when we shall welcome the Bishop of Dunwich as the Preacher at 11.00 am on Sunday morning, and Margaret and I will celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary. On Saturday, 12th September, the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust invites us to go out on our bicycles from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (note the earlier time), having collected sponsors, (please ask me for a sponsorship form), to raise money for the Trust which “We shall welcome the Bishop of Dunwich, The Right Reverend Clive makes grants for the maintenance of our church buildings, and for our own Young as the Preacher at 11.00 am funds, to ensure that the church building lives and is alive with our prayers, on Sunday 11th October” praises and varied activities. We shall indeed be active early in October, decorating the church, and getting ready what is needed to promote thanksgiving, concern for others, entertainment and worship. Inside, the church can offer large walls where the space can be filled with art and colour. This month, on Saturday and Sunday, 19th and 20th September, there is an amazing opportunity to do this. Artist Tina McCallan will be at Wingfield Barns on those days, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, guiding us in a “Recreation” of a famous painting. It is divided into 64 or more squares – we spend some of that time at Wingfield recreating that picture with our square. The final result is far bigger than the original, and we have all recreated it! It’s free to take part! Do please let me know if you would like to be part of a great artistic event that is not to be missed. We are also going to abseil down the 100ft church tower in October. Ask me for details. With all good wishes, David Streeter. All Saints Church Cleaning will be on Thursday 3rd September from 10.00am onwards.


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Street Farm, Laxfield Road

Telephone: 01379 384560 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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

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


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Stradbroke Parish Council The Parish Pump! Parish Council Meeting 10 August 2009

NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: 14 September 2009 at 7.15pm At the Community Centre

Please don’t leave home-collected recycling at the community recycling points!

Parish Council Vacancy… Could it be you?

Planning Applications considered: 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 Approval was recommended for all three applications Results of planning applications considered by MSDC since the Parish Council last met: The following had planning permission granted: 1621/09 erection of first floor rear extension and single storey rear extension (existing attached outbuilding to be removed) together with alterations to fenestration Ashfield House, Laxfield Road Other Planning Matters: Registration of Parish Land - the Chairman thought it would be prudent for the future to have all land owned by the Parish Council registered and had asked the Clerk to begin the process of collating as much information as possible. This would be a fairly long process. News Items Car Parking: The Parish Council is looking into the possibility of marking out the Community Centre Car Park to bring about a more efficient use of the available space. The area would be the same but more cars could be accommodated if bays were to be marked out. Churchyard: Work has begun on the management of the wildlife area now much of the debris has been cleared. The Parish Council would like to thank the young people whose hard work has resulted in a good clear space. An informal working party will get together to clear the last of the branches. Rubbish: Bin bags of plastic bottles and other rubbish have been left near the pool’s wheelie bin. Please note: this is not the place for it. Plastic bottles are to be placed in domestic green bins for recycling - there is NO facility at the recycling point. All other rubbish should be left at the appropriate place for collection. Parish Council Vacancy: As reported last month there is a vacancy on the Parish Council so if you feel you could make a contribution to village life then feel free to throw your hat into the ring! This new member will be co-opted at the September meeting. PLEASE let the Clerk know as soon as possible, and before the 1st September, if you wish to put your name forward for this exciting challenge. All interested parties should they wish, will have the opportunity, prior to the start of business on 14 September, to tell the Council about themselves before the decision is made. A maximum of three minutes per person will be given. Some members of the community have already expressed an interest so don’t be left out. Please note: The September meeting will commence at 7.15pm Clerk to the Parish Council: Carol A Smy tel: 01379 384679 email: clerkspc@thesmys.com **please make any non-emergency calls to the Clerk between 0830 and 1800hrs Monday to Friday only**


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Organisations

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Life in the Legion Albert Daisley from Laxfield was the Guest Speaker at the August monthly midday meeting of The Branch and spoke about his ‘National Service’. He brought along items and photographs of his service and I gave him the usual ‘Vote of Thanks’ on behalf of the members present. In the Tribute at the start of the meeting I mentioned the recent death of member Roy Birch, and also all those killed in the present conflict in Afghanistan. I also welcomed to their first meeting David Johnson from Stradbroke and Alfred Briggs from Laxfield. The minutes were read by the Assistant Branch Secretary Graham Neale. I thanked all those who had helped with our Annual Coffee Morning, and also gave a report on the local H Group Meeting held at The Botesdale Greyhound. Treasurer Roy Neil gave his monthly report, and Branch President Ted Bootle mentioned the new ‘Legion Special D Day enamel pin badge’ as mentioned in The Legion extra news Magazine. The guest speaker at the next meeting of the Branch will be Jack Golding from Hoxne on the subject of ‘China’. This will be held at The King’s Head Laxfield on Thursday September 3rd starting at 11.30am. Members please attend if you are able. Michael Burton – Branch Chairman.

High Suffolk Children's Centre - Stradbroke Little Stars There will be a new Mother and Toddler Group starting in September in the Community Centre, Wilby Road Stradbroke, Eye. IP21 5JN. They will be introducing a “Stay and Play” session every Wednesdays 10am - 11.45am (term time only) and for more information, please contact High Suffolk Children’s Centre on (01728) 862900, or visit the Stradbroke Website - www.stradbroke.org.uk

Stradbroke Area Contact Club Members of the Contact Club are all very sad as we have recently lost two very dear friends. Winifred and Roy Birch. Roy died on the 27th July and his wife died a few weeks previously. Both were on the committee and will be missed very much. Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time. The couple met at this Contact Club and got married on the 4th March 2004. On Tuesday 15th September 2009 we are going on a mystery tour. There are a few spare seats on the coach. If anyone would like to join us, the coach will leave the Community Centre at 10.00am arriving back home by 6.00pm. The cost will be £8.00p per person.To book please ring Stella on 01379 384704. Stella Goddard

The Diss, Thetford & District CAB Shelfanger Rd, Diss: 01379 651333

There are changes and alerts happening all the time which effect the decisions we all make. This month, highlighted on the advice website are the following:

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Debt Sale Scam Warning Sale and rent back schemes – new rules Swine Flu Credit Crunch Stressline ‘Real Help Now’

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


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Organisations Stradbroke Women’s Institute We were rather short of members at our August meeting; people were on holiday, having grand children to stay or simply having a day out. Those that were there heard Carol Chittock talking about Hedgehogs and how to look after them. They are now on the decline and are an endangered species. They are fascinating creatures, have a vigorous sex life and certainly chase the ladies who can, apparently, be very choosy. If you ever find an injured Hedgehog, or a baby one, keep it warm and phone 01379 644988 for help and advice. Their favourite treat is, by the way, dark chocolate drops!. Dorothy Readman thanked Carol for such an interesting evening and Mary Dann won the competition. Well-done ladies! Our next meeting is on Thursday 10th September in the Community Centre at 7.30pm, do join us then. Iris Badcock, Press Secretary

Hedgehogs were the topic for discussion at the Womens Institute last month.

Neighbourhood Watch

Police Community Support Officer Steven Long intends to be in the library on Wednesday 23rd September 11.00am to 11.30am to meet members of the public who wish to discuss concerns. Some hay bales were set on fire in a field in Wilby on the evening of Thursday the 23rd July. The police would like to advise the public to take the following action when answering the front door to unexpected trades people or visitors. Ensure that the back door is closed and locked and the chain is in place on the front door before opening it to anyone you don’t know. Always check the identity of the caller and report any suspicious callers on 999 immediately, along with a description of the caller and any vehicle he/she or they may be using. If you are a horse owner you may or may not have already heard of Horse Watch, which is an information scheme run by Suffolk Police using e-mail, text and telephone messages. The scheme is intended to keep horse owners aware of local horse related crime and what to do about it should something happen. Further information on Horse Watch can be obtained from Julie Dennis, Community Safety Unit on 01473 613994 or email horsewatch@suffolk.pnn.police.uk or http://www.suffolk.police.uk/crime+reduction/watch+schemes/horse+watch/ Beware of bogus callers - Bumblebee Auctions sells lost and found or stolen and retrieved items including ensure that the back door gardening equipment, watches and bicycles that have not been reclaimed by is closed and locked and their owners. The money generated from the sales goes to the constabulary the chain is in place on the front door before opening Charity “Safer Suffolk Foundation”. For more information visit www.bumblebeeauctions.co.uk it to anyone you don’t know.

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

Letters to the Editor “Dear Sir,

The Stradbroke Good Neighbours would like to thank everyone who supported the Coffee morning held on the 21st August and a special thank you to Martin & Rosemary Wake for hosting it. The Good Neighbours team”


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

Dave Sumner on 01379 388238

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Organisations Stradbroke Local History Group

Stradbroke Local History Group

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

Last month’s puzzle picture: It certainly does look a little different today. The large sycamore tree on the right of the picture gave the corner it’s name. It is Sycamore Corner where Church Street, joins Wilby Road and New Street. Today the trees are gone and the frontages are a little different. Just in case you still can’t place it the full picture is shown this time and you can tell from the lamp on the front of Town House porch that the photographer would have been standing in Church Street, outside today’s SPAR shop. September Meeting We are going to start recording the headstones in the churchyard and the tombstones in the church itself. We have made a small start but would like to get as much as we can done before winter. So if you would like to scramble around the churchyard helping us decipher faded inscriptions please join us. If you have a digital camera please bring it along, although a pen and paper will be just as useful, Wonderful though technology is, we have found that a keen eye can sometimes see more than the camera can ! We hope the weather will be kind, so please join us on Wednesday 2nd September at 7.00pm in the church for instructions and grave maps, Gardening gloves and a penknife might prove useful. Mike Readman

“Family History – Where do I start?” Why not visit Fressingfield’s Family History Weekend and see some of their Parish Records and family trees and find out more about how to research your own family history. There will be sessions showing how to use the internet to start your search and to get past those difficult “brick walls”. Sat 12th / Sun 13th Sep at Fressingfield Primary School,11.00 am – 4.00pm. Light refreshments will be available - Admission £1.00 Pennie Walker

Friends of All Saints Stradbroke Thank you so much for all your wonderful photos for our 2010 calendar. If you still have contributions to make, we should like them by the end of September, latest in order to get a print run-off and have the calendars on sale a.s.a.p.. Margaret Buckland

Lottery Bonus Winners 12 – J. Sparkes. 4 – D. Leeder. 14 – B. Moore. 6 – J. Ward. 34 – A. Copping. £48.00 donated to the Garage Trail £48.00 donated to the White Hart Bowls Club £24.00 donated to the Tennis Club.

Mary Ellis


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Barn View, Wilby

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

Antique Restoration Furniture, Clocks, and Barometers

Ian Brown

LCGI

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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Organisations

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; www.suffolk-carers.co.uk

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.

Seasonal Flu Clinics for 2009 ---This information is for patients of Doctors Read, Morris & Manto--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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FREE CV check-up e-mail your CV to admin@cvnurse.co.uk for a FREE and full check-up. For full details of our CV services visit the web-site or call Chris or Lesley on (01379) 586782. You don't get a 2nd chance to make a good 1st impression

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


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Tel/Fax: 01379 388174

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

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


Forthcoming Events

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50th Anniversary Celebrations of the opening of ‘Stradbroke Modern School’ On Friday 25th September 2009, we shall be celebrating the opening of our school in 1959! During the day we shall imagine that it is the autumn of 1959. Lessons will be taught just as they would have been in 1959! No computers, needlecraft and rural science perhaps? On the evening we would like to welcome back to the school all pupils who were at Stradbroke between 1959 and 1964. We aim to have an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia from the first few years of the school. Our Year 11 pupils will be on hand to give tours of the school which, as you can imagine, has Do you have memories of Stradbroke Modern changed significantly over the last fifty years! There will also be refreshments and of School to share? course an opportunity for ex pupils to reminisce and chat. If you have any photographs or memorabilia that you could let us borrow for the occasion of if you know of anyone who was here in those first five years please contact me at the school. I would really like to hear from you. Remember everyone who came to Stradbroke in those first five years is very welcome to attend our celebration on Friday 25th September at 7.00 pm. Contact: Mrs Phillips – Deputy Headteacher – 01379 384387

Friends of All Saints Church Friends of All Saints Church are presenting: “Flowers, Shows and Festivals” by David Streeter Tuesday, 8th September, at 7.30 pm at the Community Centre. Tickets: £5.00, from the Post Office. Wine, nibbles and raffle. David has recently become a serious flower arranger. He put together, with many helpers, the successful Flower Festivals in Stradbroke Church in 2007 and 2008, always enters, and sometimes wins, classes in the Village Flower Show, has joined a Flower Club, and this year entered four classes at the Suffolk Show (with favourable remarks from the judges). On the way to the Ipswich showground, and during the two days in May, much happened that he will recount in an amusing and entertaining way, and he’ll give some floral demonstrations in preparation for this year’s Festival at All Saints, for Harvest Thanksgiving on 10th, 11th and 12th October. Margaret Streeter

An Artistic Event at Wingfield Barns “Recreation of Archimboldo’s Vertumnus” Do come to Wingfield Barns for an amazing artistic event, 10am – 4pm, on Sat. & Sun. 19th & 20th September, to share in recreating a 15th century painting. It’s free and all ages can come. There are colour pictures on the village notice boards. Take a look and tell me that you would like to take part. David Streeter.

‘Flowers, Shows and Festivals’ is at the Community Centre on the 8th September 2009

White Hart Bowls Club Prize Bingo Prize Bingo on Friday 18th September 2009 at 7:30pm in the Stradbroke Community Centre to raise funds for Stradbroke White Hart Bowls Club. There will be many excellent prizes, a raffle, tea, coffee and a bar plus a flyer to win a hamper. Please join us for a great evening. Julie Ward BREAKING NEWS -Look out for the reopening of the White Hart pub in September!

MacMillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Be part of the worlds biggest Coffee Morning by attending ours at Horham Community Centre on Friday, September 25th. It starts at 10am and has Cake Stall, Children’s Play Space and other interesting diversions Evelyn Adey

Horham Community Centre on Friday, September 25th there will be cakes too!


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Forthcoming Events

St Elizabeth Hospice Sponsored Horse Ride Sunday 11th October - Poplar Park, Equestrian Centre, Hollesley The first St Elizabeth Hospice Sponsored Horse Ride will take place in Poplar Park Equestrian Centre at Hollesley near Woodbridge. There is a choice of a six or twelve mile route over the heath land with optional jumps. This is a great way to support the Hospice and enjoy some of the lovely peaceful countryside Suffolk has to offer on horseback.For more information, please contact the fundraising team on 01473 723600, eMail fundraiing@stelizabethhospice.org.uk or visit our website to download a registration form www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk Leanne Thorndyke

W.E.A. Stradbroke Branch Course Title: “Norfolk from Aerial Photos and Maps” For over a century many hidden aspects of Norfolk have been revealed to the aerial observer – secrets of archaeology, geology, history and agriculture may be seen as patterns that embroider the landscape. This course is illustrated by slides and overhead projection images. The tutor for this course is Mr Derek Edwards and it will be held in the Stradbroke Community Centre, Wilby Road, Stradbroke. The 10 week course starts at 2.30pm until 4.00pm Wednesday 23rd September and costs £43.50.

Stradbroke Library News Quest Seekers Reading Game Presentation Party 2009 Will be held on Tuesday 22nd September at 4pm. All those finishing the Reading Game are invited to come along to the library to be presented with their certificates and medals. Sunday Activities at Stradbroke Library We hold FREE children’s craft sessions every other Sunday from 11.00 to 12.00 with a different theme every 3 sessions and a different craft activity each week. The theme for the next 3 sessions is ‘Knights, Princesses and Castles’.: 6th September - Make a Magic Wand, 20th September - Make a Crown and 4th October (Children’s Book Week) - make a bookmark. Coming in October We are starting a book group for the over 50’s. The first meeting will be on Thursday 15th October at 2.30pm, refreshments provided. If you like reading and would like to take part in informal discussion about the books read, come along and join us. If you are interested pop into the library and see Maureen for more information. Maureen Johns

Stradbroke Cinema is back! On Thursday, 17th. September, Stradbroke Community Centre, 7 for 7.30 pm. Bar will be open - and Ice Creams in the interval! Entrance £5.50 we are showing The Young Victoria directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from a script by Julian Fellowes, it chronicles the early years of Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt) and her romance and marriage to Prince Albert (Rupert Friend). Just a fantastic film, the story, costumes and wonderful music!! Margaret Streeter

Fressingfield Music Festival 2009 Marking its fifth anniversary with an additional concert, the Fressingfield Music Festival has already been described as one of the best small music festivals in the country. From 22 to 26 September, the church of St Peter and St Paul in Fressingfield, North Suffolk, plays host to five nights of varied music that fulfil the event’s aim to bring high quality music to a rural community at an affordable price. Two of this year’s highlights are rare opportunities to hear at close quarter, performances by world famous cellist Julian Lloyd Webber (25 September) and the much celebrated soprano, Dame Emma Kirkby, OBE (23 September). All concerts will commence at 7.30pm and tickets can be booked in advance for £10 or at £12 on the night, subject to availability. Tickets for Friday’s concert cost £15 in advance or £17 at the door, subject to availability. Tickets can be obtained by tel: 01379 586269 or 01379 586537 and will also be available from mid-August at Fressingfield Stores Keith Dobson


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Stradbroke News & Views

East Anglian Air Ambulance, We need you today. You may need us tomorrow On average the EAAA are called to four incidents a day, life threatening situations such as road traffic accidents, incidents involving people in inaccessible places, cardiac arrests. Because of the advanced skills, drugs and equipment found on board, and being able to access places impossible for a land ambulance, the EAAA can make the difference. Next time the Air Ambulance is called out, it could be to you so why not support the EAAA by attending High Sufolk Rotary Club’s Charity Ball. Even better, invite some friends and make up a table. The Rotary Club of High Suffolk are supporting EAAA as our preferred charity this year. Proceeds of our major fund raising event, our annual Charity Ball, will be donated to them. The black tie ball is being held Saturday, 17th October 2009 at Framlingham College starting at 7pm and finishing at 12.30am. There will be a champagne reception and dinner. Dancing throughout the evening to the popular El Gato’s Men and an exciting casino. Other entertainment will happen during the evening. Tickets will be priced at £45 per person. Come to this fun packed evening and help to keep the helicopters flying. This combines a wonderful night out while benefiting a very worthwhile charity For further information contact: Carol Garrett on 07768 960368 or chgarrett@tiscali.co.uk or any member of High Suffolk Rotary Club.

Time weighs heavily... David Merritt has recently taken on responsibility for the clock in the church tower. Here he talks about the friendly chimes we are all so familiar with…

Before 1870 Stradbroke had a non-chiming sundial...

“Twice a week for 20 years Bob Rayson climbed the dark, dusty, worn stone, cobwebbed, spiral staircase and cranked up weights with large handles to wind the Church Clock. Many of us hear its chimes as we lay in bed in the morning and with out opening our eyes count 4…5…6, that’s ok no need to get up yet: another hours snooze. Just suppose it chimed 6 at 7 or 8 o’clock. What a panic when realised!

...after 1870 the new clock gave us the latest Victorian technology!

The Church Clock was built by Cooke of York for £125 and installed around 1870, giving good service for 140 years. Its cogs and levers are large and well machined and it is powered by weights, which slowly move down the tower. The large weight is over half a ton and just powers the heavy bell clanger. The other smaller weight keeps the clock ticking. Regularity is maintained by a pendulum – no digital, electric or atomic power system here. On hot days the pendulum is longer which slows the clock and it is fast on cold days. Small weights have to be repeatedly added and removed so the good folk of Stradbroke can rely on it being close to God’s time. Bob Rayson has moved away now to deepest Norfolk and the clock job has fallen to me. Whilst just a beginner struggling with antique technology, I am getting the hang of it but wish I was a Time Lord.” David Merritt


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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.

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Sports Roundup

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Stradbroke Cricket Club A month of ups and downs for the Cricket Club at all levels. After an interminable gap, the 1st XI returned to action, still in 3rd place in the Suffolk Premier League. However defeats to Yoxford & Great Yeldham mean a mid table finish is likely. A chance of silverware was scuppered at Worlington in the Premier Plate, where they found 259 too many to chase despite 65 from James Ling. The A Team should stay clear from relegation in Alliance Section A. They showed real ability to beat BT, centring around 149 from Simon Higgins, the 2nd highest individual score in the clubs history, overshadowing the 5 for 47 taken by Lee Bedwell. Stuart Taylor (57) & Sam Johnson(47) were not enough to beat Sudbourne. Taylor scored 60 in a losing cause against Kesgrave, leaving a tense end to the season. They relinquished their grip on the John Bright Memorial Plate. The usual suspects Higgins(81) & Taylor(59) against Woodbridge, set up a semi final at Worlingworth, but they failed to set a big enough target despite 70 from Steve Warner. The B Team have suffered two big defeats at Rosary & Castle, but will be heartened by the batting form of Liam Smith & Ross Bedwell, and that of Owen Morgan, whose 56 saw them home against C&G. Academy fixtures come thick & fast, with wins over Yoxford & Kesgrave being the highlights, with Taylor scoring 101 in the Kesgrave match. Defeat against Lowestoft was tempered by a first 50 for James Grigg. As far as youth is concerned, the future is bright. The Under 13’s have won their last 7 League games and will face Lowestoft in the North Suffolk Final. Kieran Allum(70) & Liam Smith(65) put on 115 v Eye, backed up by the bowling of Liam Fairweather & Tom Hargrave. Smith went one better against Wortham with a career best 83, but their best performance was at Garboldisham where they restricted the home side to 82, winning easily. The Under 11’s are also in the final, having lost just one game, beating Easton, Worlingworth(twice) & Yoxford(twice) on the way. But it is the girls who have made the biggest strides, playing the the Regional Finals of the Lady Taverners Under 15 Cup as Champions of Suffolk. They performed well against Kelveden(Essex) 50 v 88 (Ellie Johnson 20), were hammered by the eventual winners Bells Yew Green(Sussex) 104 v 29, then lost their 5th/6th play off against Hemel Hempstead off the last ball, despite 28 from Johnson & 10 from Tori Coleman. Seven of the girls are eligible to play next year, so the experience was good for them.The photo shows the 8 girls who played at Chigwell School (Tori Coleman, Tilly Heydon, Ellie Johnson, Florence Vane, Lauren Slowley, Chloe Ackerley, Lottie Ackerley, & Megan Garrod). Off the field, the next fund raising event is a Greyhound Racing Evening on Saturday 3rd October at the Community Centre. It’s like the Horse Racing Evening except it’s dogs. Entrance is £6 including Fish & Chips. Enquiries to me please. Michael Hugman

Stradbroke Tennis Club As the “Summer Season” is coming to an end, the club reports that over the last months the season has gone generally well. Club nights held on a Friday have been disappointing with number down on previous years and, although membership has increased slightly, members seem reluctant to play on club nights. It has been encouraging to see that more juniors have joined the club and are playing, which is due to the coaching courses offered and run by LTA registered coach Tim Bedwell. Tim has run a number of well attended courses in conjunction with the Schools Sports Programme and the Swimming Pool. Teams that have entered in the leagues have been well placed in the Lowestoft League with the first team having finished a creditable third position in division one which has a very high standard. The second team finished halfway in division two which again was a good performance. In the South Norfolk League, the mixed “A” team have again finished top in division one and as all the fixtures of the “B” team have not been completed the final results have yet to be decided. Stradbroke were well presented in the South Norfolk championships held at the Diss Tennis Centre. Colin Revell and Tim Bedwell were crowned champions in the men’s event and mother and son, Judith and Tim Bedwell were champions in the mixed event, this they accomplished by only dropping two games during the whole tournament. Again Stradbroke have entered the Winter Floodlight League where most matches will be played on Monday Evenings. Club nights will continue through the autumn on a Friday subject to the weather and members are welcome to attend and play their tennis under the floodlights. John Bedwell.


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Sports Roundup

Stradbroke Football Club We have had one friendly match, away to Harleston, which we won 3 – 2. The scorers were N. Oliver, C. Chittock and K. Wythe; a good pre-season run out. We start matches soon when we hope to be up at the High School because of the field being drained. The Club thanks everybody for their patience and we look forward to coming back to our pitch in the New Year. Training is still on the field at present and Bobby Varela would like to see more members coming Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm. The last Bingo evening raised £49.10 with the next one on Friday September 11th at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. Remember, the more people playing the bigger the cash payout! Mary Ellis

Stradbroke & District Bowls Club. Well here we all are, nearing the end of our season and we have had some great success; we played Northbridge in the final of the Suffolk Junior Knockout Cup and won. Congratulations to our winning team! We want to wish the best of luck to Lee Spraggs, who has teamed up with Thomas Felgate (from Dennington Bowls Club) and are off to the National Finals, later in August at Skegness, through winning the County Under 25’s Open Pairs competition. Some of our bowlers were successful in the Suffolk County competition and reached the semi-finals; well done! League matches are continuing as follows: Saxmundham League: Played Thorpness and won, played Sweffling and lost, played Leiston and lost and played Dennington and drew. Waveney Triples League: Played Dickleburgh and won, played Kenninghall and lost, played Thorndon and lost, played Gissing and lost, played White Hart and won, played Diss & District “A” and won. Woodbridge League: Played St Audreys and lost, played Saxmundham Town and lost, played Yoxford “B” and lost, played Bredfield and won, played Badingham and lost. Ellis Cup: Played White Hart and lost. Suffolk Junior Knockout Cup: Played Lowestoft in the semi-final and won and then played Norbridge in the Final and won. Lily Lofts. The photo shows the Stradbroke & District Bowls Club winning team players.

Back row : John Dann, Derek Ashfield, Mary Ellis, Eddie Barber, Ian Cattermole, David Cattermole Front row: June Alderton, Tony Leftley, Steve Coduri, Lee Spraggs, Carol Barber, Dick Webster.


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Gardeners Notes We have enjoyed a good August after a rather wet July, where things are starting to get quite dry. It's worth keeping an eye on shrubs and trees that are struggling, particularly any that are under the canopy of large trees. September is a busy month with harvesting and cutting back tired summer growth. Plants that benefit from a good tidy are Alchemilla mollis, Nepeta, Salvia (herbaceous ones) and Geraniums. This will give them the opportunity to put on new growth and look good into the winter. While you are cutting back keep an eye out for dried seed heads on poppies, aquilegias, foxgloves and other similar plants. You can either collect the seeds in paper bags or sprinkle them on areas of bare soil. It is a good time to cut evergreen hedges as the summer growth has slowed but still allowing time for a little growth before the winter. Try not to do it in the heat of the day, particularly on plants like box. At the beginning of August the cemetery wildflower area had it's annual cut and Ben and Matthew Hammond collected the cuttings up for me to spread on the church yard wild area, this is to encourage a greater selection of wildflowers, it's a good economic way of spreading wild seed on an area but the grass cuttings must be collected as soon as it is cut otherwise the seed will be released too early. A visit and a report from Suffolk Wildlife Trust offered helpful suggestions for ways to improve the wildlife area and congratulated us on the work done to date. The weather this year has contributed to cases of blight affecting potatoes and tomatoes. Any plants showing signs should be removed with tomatoes being pulled up and burnt or put in a bag in your normal black rubbish bin, don't be tempted to compost as the blight will survive in the soil. Foliage should be cut off potatoes and disposed of in the same way. The potatoes themselves should be lifted and any showing signs thrown away. It's worth remembering the variety used this year and try a more resistant variety next year. Tomatoes grown under glass are less susceptible as blight is air born. Crop rotation is also important to reduce the chance next year. I normally end my article recommending a walk Don’t spread blight to your locally or some other wildlife experience, at the beginning of August we compost bin! travelled to Bungay and hired a four-man canoe and paddled off down the Waveney river stopping off along the way for a picnic on the water meadow near Earsham. It was a great way to see wildlife and a very beautiful part of Suffolk. We have taken lots of walks over the time we have lived here along various parts otes rdenersN a G / of the Waveney Valley and feel it's a bit of a e il .uk/prof g r .o e k hidden gem. adbro www.str Any questions please contact me at The Wheelwrights in Church Street or via my new link on the Stradbroke Village website where you can also read the Gardener's Notes from previous magazines (should you be that way inclined). Enjoy the last of the summer, Luke


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Diary for Late August 31st A Special Bank Holiday Walk (7 miles) leaves the Comm Centre at 2.30pm 31st Marty’s Garden Go Go Roadshow - stradbroke.org.uk from 10am - 9pm Diary for September 1st Contact Club meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 1st Badminton Club meets each Tuesday in the SBEC Sports Hall at 8.00pm 2nd SLHG September Meeting - All Saints Church, 7pm 2nd “Stay and Play” mother and toddler group in the Community Centre 10 – 11.30am 2nd Table Tennis Club meets each Wednesday in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 2nd Chess Club every Wednesday in the Diss Cue Club at 7.30pm 3rd All Saints Church Cleaning 10.00am onwards 3rd RBL meeting in the King’s Head Laxfield at 11.30am 3rd Over 60’s Club meeting in the Community Centre at 2.00pm 5th ASCFRC’s Cake stall in Church Street 6th Sunday Activity in the Library, “Make A Magic Wand” 11.00am – 12.00pm 8th Contact Club meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 8th Flower Show and Festival by David Streeter in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 9th “Play and Stay” mother and toddler group in the Community Centre 10 – 11.30am 9th Cameo Lunch in the Baptist Church Hall at 12.30pm 10th Womens Institute Meeting in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 11th Cash Bingo iao Stradbroke Football Club in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 12th Historic Churches Bicycle Ride 9.00am until 5.00pm 12th Family History “Where do I start?” Fressingfield School 11.00am – 4.00pm 13th Family History “Where do I start?” Fressingfield School 11.00am – 4.00pm 14th Parish Council meeting in the Community Centre at *7.15pm* 15th Contact Club Mystery Tour leaving the Community Centre at 10.00am 15th Belly Dancing Lessons at Horham Community Centre at 7.30pm 16th “Play and Stay” mother and toddler group in the Community Centre 10 – 11.30am 17th Over 60’s Club meeting in the Community Centre at 2.00pm 17th Stradbroke Cinema returns to the Community Centre 7.00 for 7.30pm (see inside) 18th *****All Magazine Articles in STRICTLY by this date please***** 18th Prize Bingo iao Stradbroke White Hart Bowls Club. Community Centre at 7.30pm 19th An Artistic Event at Wingfield Barns until the 20th 10.00am until 4.00pm 20th Sunday Activity in the Library “ Make A Crown” 11.00am – 12.00pm 22nd to the 26th Sept - Fressingfield Music Festival - (see inside) 22nd Contact Club meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 22nd Quest Seekers Reading Game presentation. Library at 4.00pm 22nd E&S FHG present ‘Invisible Women with Mel Spurling’ Community Centre at 7.30pm 23rd “Play and Stay” mother and toddler group in the Community Centre 10 – 11.30am 23rd PCSO Steven Long will be in the Library 11.00 until 11.30am 23rd “Norfolk from Aerial Photos and Maps” course - Community Centre at 2.30pm 23rd Ballroom Dancing lessons begins in the Wilby Village Hall at 7.30pm (see inside) 25th Coffee morning iao McMillan Cancer Support. Horham Community Centre 10.00am 25th SBEC 50th Anniversary on the school site at 7.00pm 26th Drop in for Coffee at the Baptist Church Hall at 10.00am – 12.00pm 27th Harvest Thanks Giving at the Baptist Church at 10.15am 29th Contact Club meeting in the Community Centre at 10.00am 30th “Play and Stay” mother and toddler group in the Community Centre 10 – 11.30am Diary for early October 2nd ASCFRC’s Harvest Supper in the Community Centre at 7.30pm 3rd Greyhound Racing Evening iao Stradbroke Cricket Club. Info inside 4th Activity in Library Children’s Book Week ”Make a bookmark”.11.00 to 12.00pm 7th “Play and Stay” mother and toddler group in the Community Centre 10 – 11.30am 10th Harvest Thanks Giving until the 12th in All Saints Church 11th Sponsored Horse Ride, Poplar Park, Equestrian Centre, Hollesley 15th Library’s initial Over 50’s Book Group meeting in the Library at 2.30pm 17th ASCFRC’s Craft Morning in the Community Centre 10.00am – 1.00pm

We’d love to hear from you! Letters to the Editor are always welcome! Email on parishmagazine@stradbroke.org.uk

or contact Tony Ambler (Editor), Tanglewood, New Street. Tel: 388454. The Stradbroke Monthly team encourages readers to submit letters to the Editor expressing their opinions, comments or insights regarding any of the material that appears in the magazine. The team will publish letters that reflect the diversity of opinions of our readers, but cannot publish all letters received. The Editor retains the right to edit published letters for clarity and length. Letters should include the writer's name and clearly marked ‘For Publication’. Email on parishmagzine@stradbroke.org.uk

Contact Details: Tony Ambler (Editor), Tanglewood, New Street. Tel: 388454. Advertising enquiries Mike Readman, The Priory, Doctors Lane, Tel: 388341 The distribution is organised by Claudene Merritt


Stradbroke Monthly September 2009