Samaritan Bookshop

When you find after Christmas that you have no more room on those bookshelves to accommodate all those generous gifts, and you need to do a cull of the shelves, the Samaritan Bookshop will be pleased to receive your unwanted books. Collections can be arranged for larger amounts of books. To arrange a collection ring Janice on 01473 287727 and we will find a date and time to suit you. If, however, you are searching for a sequel, or looking for fresh inspiration visit the Aladdin’s Cave, otherwise known as…

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New 24 Hour Race

There’s a new race in the Suffolk sporting events calendar that organisers hope will rival other national events, while helping fundraise for one of the counties most cherished charities. Run or Cycle Events has teamed up with AgeUK Suffolk to create an exciting new mass participation running event for competitive and fun runners where solo runners and teams of two-to-eight people are challenged to cover as much distance as possible in 24 hours. And a special Business Team Challenge category aims to encourage businesses to support AgeUK Suffolk’s 70th birthday…

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Flu Vaccinations 2018

Important notice for patients registered at Needham Market Country Practice. Flu Clinic at Needham Market Country Practice. If you are over 65, or have any of the following: heart condition asthma COPD kidney disease diabetes are pregnant have a lower immunity have had a stroke or are a carer for someone else you are entitled to a free flu vaccination. We are not writing invitation letters but if you are in one of the groups above, you will need to phone reception on 01449 720 666 after 10am to make an…

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New Dedicated Clinics Established to Provide Earwax Removal

Every year in the UK, approximately 2.3m people experience problems with earwax and need to have it removed. With more and more GP surgeries reducing their wax removal services with long delays to get an appointment, one local hearing care company has joined forces with two local surgeries to try and help. The Hearing Care Centre, based locally at Framfield Medical Centre in Woodbridge, and Wickham Market Medical Centre in Wickham Market, will be offering both ear syringing and micro-Suction techniques from mid-July. The private ear care clinics will be…

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Stowmarket Food & Drink Festival

Have you heard the news? An exciting new food and drink festival is being held in Stowmarket on Sunday, July 1. Stowmarket Food & Drink Festival will feature more than 40 food and drink stalls from across the region including a Prosecco bar, vegan food, world foods, wild game meat, gluten free, a hog roast and a chocolate fountain. In the John Peel Centre, a kitchen theatre will be showcasing live cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs including Mark David from the Cooking Experience, Chris Hall from the Bildeston Crown…

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Ales on the rails to wet a few whistles

North Weald Station will see the return of the Real Ale Festival on 20-22nd July, with a planned menu of 75+ ales and 20+ ciders. Friday and Saturday evenings will see drinkers entertained with folk music and Sunday, London City Voices choir will bring the festival to a close. This year, the theme draws inspiration from the commemoration of the 50 years since the final regular steam service on British Rail. Since the last services ran around Carlisle, Liverpool and Manchester, a selection of 18 beers from the North West…

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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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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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