Maasai Warriors Return to Harkstead

We are delighted to welcome back the Osiligi Troupe of Maasai Warriors to Harkstead Church in October. In 2013 they first came to Harkstead, and their two performances were a sell-out. It was a memorable occasion, as you will know if you were present. For anyone who has not seen them, it is a very special chance to experience and enjoy the diverse culture of the Maasai.  Their tribal music and dance is incredible – mesmerising to hear, fascinating to watch, and includes the spectacular jumping for which the tribe…

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RSPCA Shop in Stowmarket

It’s going to be a busy rest of the year for your local RSPCA Branch, with (fingers crossed) a new shop opening in Stowmarket and the new kennels at our Martlesham Animal Centre progressing rapidly. The RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch has its animal centre at Martlesham, but helps animals across the area, including Stowmarket and its environs. Jean Short, Honorary Chairman of the Branch: “The exciting news for us is the opening of a new RSPCA charity shop at Unit 6, Wilkes Way, near ASDA. It’s our first…

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London to Paris in Memory of Eddie Rogers

Written by Ronnie Bradford On July 25 my dad and I embarked on a crazy adventure, riding from London to Paris on our push bikes in loving memory of my late Uncle Eddie and to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care. Three hundred and thirty six miles in four days! The ride was incredibly challenging, coping with 39-degree heat, numerous hills, mechanical breakdowns and getting lost. At one-point dad ended up battling the HGVs on the A20! We met some incredible people along the way whose stories really inspired us…

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Museum of East Anglian Life’s Guinness World Record!

The Museum of East Anglian Life has just set its first Guinness World Record after successfully creating the Longest Suffolk Puff or yo-yo caterpillar. Throughout last year, more than 350 museum visitors and members of the local community cut out fabric, sewed, gathered and threaded puffs onto strings. A total of 5,864 puffs were finally strung together to make a caterpillar that measured 90 metres, 38 centimetres – that’s nearly four times the length of our 13th century barn! Collections and Interpretation Manager Lisa Harris says: “A Suffolk puff (British)…

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Charity Screening of Breathe

Manningtree Rotary in association with The Manifest Theatre are presenting a charity presentation BREATHE on Friday, September 28 at the Manifest Theatre, 2 Oxford Road, Manningtree CO11 1BP. The folks in Manningtree Rotary are known for their activities and events in our local community, but Rotary’s work around the world is not so well known. The eradication of polio worldwide has been one of Rotary International’s goals for many years. With other partners such as the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the number of children…

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R&W Paul’s New Lease Of Life

A famous and familiar Ipswich brand returns as part of the latest puzzle room venture at Suffolk Food Hall. R & W Paul still features significantly along the Ipswich Waterfront, but is also now a central part to the latest crypto-challenge to open at Suffolk’s very first permanent puzzle room. The Orwell Dockyard is inspired by the old family business, R & W Paul, who were the great-great-great and great-great-grandfathers of the owners of Suffolk Food Hall. In its prime R & W Paul lined Ipswich docks and had a rich…

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Suffolk Trail Runners

SOCIAL RUNNING GROUP OFFERS MEMBERS AFFILIATION TO ATHLETICS BODY Members of one of Suffolk’s fastest growing running clubs are now able to affiliate to the sport’s governing body. Suffolk Trail Runners which specialises in social and non-competitive off-road running is offering a membership scheme which will mean ‘first claim’ runners are affiliated to England Athletics, part of UK Athletics. Suffolk Trail Runners was set up by a group of four off-road running enthusiasts in 2015.  Initially members joined via social media and the Facebook group promoting the runs now has…

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Lavenham Children’s Book Festival

There’s an exciting line-up of well-loved authors and illustrators in the second Lavenham Children’s Book Festival on October 20 and 21. The programme is aimed at children aged three up to 12, featuring tales about an angry dragon, Greek gods, a girl detective, East Anglian legends and an unusual uncle. There’s story-telling, how-to-draw sessions, creative writing workshops and the festival ends with a very special musical event. Among those taking part are the Radio 4 broadcaster Zeb Soanes with illustrator James Mayhew and their book Gaspard the Fox, the story…

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Questions On Cash

With Independent Financial Adviser, Nick Plumb Barry from Stowmarket asks: “I have just started receiving my state pension and I already had an annuity that pays me £14,000 a year that I purchased with a personal pension. The state pension is paid to me with no deduction for tax, but my annuity has tax deducted and is paid to me net. Why is there a difference and should I be paying income tax at all?” The bottom line is, you will pay a certain amount of tax on both pensions,…

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Hearing Care Event

Ten million people in the UK – one in six of us – have some degree of hearing loss. One local company is using a milestone in its history to try and help improve the hearing of those who are struggling. The Hearing Care Centre, based on Upper Brook Street in Ipswich, celebrates its 20th birthday this year, having been established by audiologist and entrepreneur Karen Finch back in 1998. To mark the occasion Karen and her team have organised a free to attend open week at its flagship Ipswich…

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