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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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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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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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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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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Good Neighbours

Are there people living in your community who would benefit from a Good Neighbour? A Good Neighbour Scheme is a group of people who help others in their community. This could be by giving a lift, checking a smoke alarm, changing a light bulb, fixing a tap, tidying a garden, or perhaps befriending someone who is lonely or new to the village. It is run by a group of local residents who want to help their neighbours enjoy a better quality of life. Each scheme is operated via a phone…

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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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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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Manningtree Photography Society

A popular visitor, light artist Ed Bacon returned in November to host another fun evening involving light painting. While they all wrestled to capture some intriguing albeit surreal imagery, it really did make them think hard about long exposure settings for dramatic effect. More recently, they were privileged to hear from Ann Miles FRPS, a very well qualified and enthusiastic photographer specialising in nature and landscape photography. Her talk explained the unexpected benefits arising from photography in bad weather, where less bright, but diffused or reflected light can produce much…

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