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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Become A Beanstalk Reading Hero

Could you help transform the prospects for a child through the power of books and stories? Local literacy charity Beanstalk has launched a new campaign for 2018 to highlight the extraordinary difference members of the community in Suffolk can make by volunteering in primary schools to support children who struggle with reading. The work Beanstalk’s ‘reading heroes’ carry out will improve the lives of children that need extra help to prevent them from falling behind at school and to bring enjoyment into reading. For over 40 years Beanstalk has recruited,…

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East Anglia ONE

The East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm developer, ScottishPower Renewables, is inviting local communities to attend a series of public information days in Suffolk to find out more about its upcoming programme of work to install cabling under railways, roads and rivers to connect the windfarm to the national grid. In the early stages of planning the East Anglia ONE project, ScottishPower Renewables took the decision to connect the offshore windfarm to the national grid at Bramford using underground cables, rather than constructing pylons. Along the 37km route between Bawdsey and…

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Tales From The 19th Hole

The HOGS will have recently enjoyed their post-Christmas Bash at Seckford Hall on Saturday 27th December and be preparing for their AGM in mid-January. More about the golf next month, but the prediction is that Paul G will have been in the winning team; not long odds as fittingly his name has been on the trophy every year it has been competed for. However, instead of the golf they had a fundraising quiz night held at the end of October 2017. Several teams were made up of ‘non-HOGS’ who read…

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Vacancy At Hall Farm

Hall Farm are currently looking for a chef de partie to join the team in the hall farm kitchen. It is a busy kitchen, which means experience required, with any experience in pastry being an advantage! They advertise great working hours with evenings off and a chance to be a part of their wonderful expanding local business! Please contact Head Chef Lee with a CV by emailing: Café@hallfarmshop.com

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Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

Words by Link Chair Elizabeth Parker On Sunday 3rd December, we collected our Christmas group from Gatwick airport. The children who had never been to the UK before all said “England is lovely” as soon as they got off the plane! This is going to be a very exciting month for the children who have not only never been away from home, but have never experienced Christmas before either. After the children return home at the end of the month I will be leaving for Belarus for our Father Frost…

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Connecting Communities

Can you find the transport you require? This is the story BSEVC often hear. “I’m cosy in my room, legs up on the recliner, TV on and a cuppa beside me, but I’m feeling lonely and isolated. My life could be so much richer and happier if only I could get to the local coffee morning and chat with real live people. I worry so much about imposing on busy relatives to get me to my health appointments. I want to visit friends and wander at leisure round the local…

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Lions’ Sensory Garden Project

New Century Lions Club of East Anglia, together with help from Lions of Ipswich, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Woodbridge, Chelmsford, Mersea Island and Littleport, have created a sensory garden for residents at a Cephas Care supported living home located at Treetops, Claydon. This major centenary project, with more than 1,000 hours worked, was coordinated by Lion Chris Pearson of the New Century Lions Club. It has become a great example of the sharing, caring and helping attitude that being a Lion is all about. Raised beds and railings were painted…

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Pupil Raises More Than £1,000 For Charity

Robert Beevers, a 12-year-old Claydon High School pupil, organised a charity dog walk in aid of the Animal Health Trust and St Elizabeth Hospice in memory of his uncle, Edward Whittaker on Saturday 16th September and raised more than £1,000 with donations still coming in and collection buckets still to be emptied. The raffle, supported by local businesses WD Coe of Ipswich, East of England Co-op, HG Gladwell / Copdock Mill, Adnams Brewery, Elmsett Post Office and Stores and many national companies, raised more than £300. Robert worked hard asking…

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