Top Travel Agency: Deben Travel

A high street travel agency in Woodbridge has been named as one of the best agencies in the UK & Ireland. Deben Travel has been selected as the Top Travel Agency in the East of England, as part of a power-list of the best agents in the British Isles by industry bible the Travel Trade Gazette. The TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies list was revealed in a glittering ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday night after an extensive judging process, which saw agencies be rated by tour operators and other suppliers,…

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East Bergholt Dramatic Society

Presenting the hilarious farce Don’t Get Your Vicars in a Twist by Ann Gawthorpe and Lesley Bown at The Constable Hall in East Bergholt from Monday 19th April to Wednesday 21st April at 7.30pm. Desperate to find the funds to pay for his daughter’s wedding, churchwarden George seizes the opportunity to rent out the vicarage for a Murder Mystery Weekend, while waiting for a new vicar to be appointed. Unfortunately for George, a new female vicar is appointed to the parish before this Murder Mystery can take place. He is…

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Events Under Canvas

East Anglia’s leading giant tipi hire company, Events Under Canvas, has announced it is to relocate from its existing premises in East Bergholt to a purpose-built facility at Great Gilberts Farm in Capel St Mary to accommodate its continuing expansion. Jenna Ackerley, founder and director of Events Under Canvas, said of the decision, “Since our inception we have worked incredibly hard to build a thriving, customer-focused business and I am delighted that our success has necessitated this move to larger premises.” Planning has recently been granted to redevelop the two-acre…

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Gippeswyk Singers

Gippeswyk Singers are delighted to present St John Passion by JS Bach on Friday 30th March (Good Friday) in partnership with Music in Felixstowe, conducted by Geoff Lavery. Gippeswyk Singers will be joined by four professional young soloists and the Classic Chamber Orchestra, consisting of the finest musicians in East Anglia, for this very poetic portrayal of the crucifixion story. The St John Passion is an expressive and dramatic oratorio which takes us through the fiercely sorrowful events of Good Friday with all its darkness and despair. However, it is…

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Kesgrave Bowls Club

Words by Joyce Firstly, a Happy New year to you all, the new season is not too far away, hopefully the weather will be kind to us and all bowlers whichever club they play for. A polite reminder that our pre season meeting is on Wednesday 4th April at 7pm in the Bowls Pavilion, when I will be able to issue the fixture lists for the 2018 season. The open day drive is Saturday 14th April, please be there for the very, very latest 1.30pm, I look forward to seeing…

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Suffolk Rockets Netball Club

The junior teams have been very busy playing their matches in the Colchester League. Cosmic Rockets are sitting third in the league table and Saturn Rockets are just below in fourth. There are seven teams altogether, so both teams are doing extremely well considering it’s their first season. On Thursday 18th January, Cosmic won 13-5 against KATs Kestrels and Saturn won 10-1 against KATs Osprey. On  Thursday 1st February, Cosmic won 12- 4 against KATs Osprey and Saturn won 12-1 against Colne. On Thursday 8th February, Cosmic took on second in…

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Piano Recital For EACH

Alison Bestow and Claire Vane are holding a piano duet concert on Saturday 24th March at 7pm at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook and would love to have your company in the audience. The concert will be held in the music school with the school’s finest grand pianos. The aim is to raise £1,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice. The programme has something for everyone; Mozart sonata for two pianos, K448, Schubert Rondo in A major, D951 and a number of dances and light-hearted pieces including Tea for Two, Hava Nagila and Country Gardens. Tickets are available from:…

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Stowmarket Concert Band

A really busy autumn season led to a fantastic Christmas season for the band, with 15 bookings shared between our main band and their training band. A particular highlight was the fantastic sell-out concert at URC Stowmarket, presented by their MD Rob Pattison, 35 main band musicians and our brilliant training band. With around 300 in the hall, it was a great evening of varied music, including a heart-warming performance from  friends at Stowmarket Target Club. Thank you to the audience, supporters and players, and huge thanks to Jeffries of…

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Stowmarket Tennis Club

Words by Senior Club Coach Chris Cunningham Let’s talk about injuries. Or shall we avoid the topic? No, we can’t because injury affects all of us at various stages of our lives and in different forms. I see many players arriving at the courts and leaping straight onto the baseline to start hitting at pretty much full speed. The damage and pain is often not felt at the time, but huge problems can be experienced later on when the body has cooled down and rested. Equally, most players can benefit from…

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Ansell Centre Defibrillator Appeal

As they had so desperately hoped, their defibrillator was installed on Christmas Eve at the Ansell Centre. A last-minute hitch was created by the very late delivery of the cabinet requiring a late visit from the electrical contractor before the defibrillator for Hadleigh installation was complete – ready for Christmas. Their continued thanks for all those who gave so generously and speedily to get this in place. In the above picture, we see two of their major fundraisers – Barbara Breeze and Julie Phillips – with Roger Jay (head of…

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