Stowmarket Swimming Club

Stowmarket Swimming Club hosted its club championships in November and the final meet of 2017 was the ‘no frills’. Over these two galas the club had 37 qualifiers for the county championship which will be held at Crown Pools, Ipswich during February. The club, along with Head Coach Sylvia Harrison, had the opportunity of attending a long course competition hosted by Waltham Forest whose home pool is the coveted 50m Olympic pool at Stratford. The competitors from Stowmarket rose to the long course challenge and 10 individuals secured a clutch…

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Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

Words by Link Chair Elizabeth Parker On Friday 29th December, we were up at 4.30am to get ready to take the children to the airport for their journey home. Unfortunately the flight was a really early one and we had to make allowances for the weather conditions and possible delays on the roads. While all of the children were obviously looking forward to seeing their families again there were a few tears at the airports as we said goodbye to one of the best groups of children we have had…

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Local Journalist Wins Award

Stowmarket-based freelance journalist Felicity Landon has won a major international award for her work in the maritime, transport and logistics press. Felicity, a maritime specialist, was named Innovation Journalist of the Year 2017 at the Seahorse Club Awards for an article examining blockchain technology published in Port Strategy magazine. The article, entitled The Digital Handover, considered how blockchain technology could turn accepted supply chain practice on its head. As well as looking at the opportunities, such as eliminating fraud, authenticating certificates, enhancing process flows, sharing data for collaborative planning and…

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Sproughton Community Shop

Words by Rosalind Lavington We hope you will forgive us for not having wished you all well last month. So, we wish you all a prosperous New Year now! I’d like to start by thanking all our volunteers who kept the shop open during the week between Christmas and the New Year. Then there was that very demanding day when the manual stock take had to happen, followed the next day by the spring clean so that we were able to start the New Year in good clean order. On…

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East Bergholt United FC

December was very much an up and down month for the First Team. They started positively with victory over Westerfield, the third win on the bounce. There was also a five goal success over Felixstowe Harpers, but that was sandwiched between two five goal reversals at Cranes and Henley and the team completed 2017 with a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of near neighbours Capel. However, 2018 started well. The Green Boys were pitched against the favourites for the League title in the eyes of many, Achilles, in Round…

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Ipswich Ravens Volleyball

The seasonal weather and illness caused last month’s indoor six-a-side competition at Northgate School to be scaled down, there was no Division 2 competition and just six teams entered Division 1 including Ravens men. They were able to continue their policy of providing opportunities to their junior boys to compete at adult level, with two under-15s in the team, and once again they were very pleased with the outcome. They finished second in the initial pool phase with a good win and a narrow defeat against the two Ipswich teams. This…

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Stowmarket Camera Club

Accompanied by Nigel Rea, Chris Carne gave an instructional talk about how to approach audio visual presentations on Monday 13th November. Chris showed  several of his own presentations to illustrate his points. They will hopefully be able to put his advice to good use, when they have their AV competition later in the year. Harold Mousley judged the Open 2 competition on Monday 27th November, with his usual wit and humour. It was a very good night. Unfortunately our wildlife competition on Monday 11th December had to be cancelled due…

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New Courses At Orchard Barn

New craft courses are planned over the coming months at Orchard Barn near Battisford as the centre’s hand-made craft room takes shape. As a tree and wood orientated enterprise it was decided to make a start with a Spoon Carving course on Saturday 10th March. Much of the greenwood is sourced from Orchard Barn’s own orchard, so with apple pruning coming up the bigger pieces will be saved for carving. The smaller sticks are greatly enjoyed by one of volunteer’s pet rabbits and the rest are chomped up and converted…

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Introducing Suffolk Crafted

Words by Chris Lupton People want more space for all sorts of reasons. Moving house is one option, but it can cost £15,000 to do it, on top of the extra £30-40,000 you would pay for the extra space. Building an extension is another option, but by far the cheapest option is to have a garden room built. There are other advantages to having a space separate from the main house: it’s quieter, so you can concentrate or relax properly; it’s soundproofed from the main house if you (or your…

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Manningtree Photographic Society

Those dark December days seem a long way away, celebrated with their own Christmas Social, complete with seasonal jollity and memorable party pieces by their very own stars of stage and screen. All made possible by Frank, Sue and helpers, for which society members are most grateful. Towards the end of their first half season, Tim Stott has hosted three useful informal training sessions. Although aimed at newcomers, they have they discovered, for instance recently, that modern digital cameras have two ‘curtains’ that control the flash function. The winter period…

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