Christmas Bonanza Weekend

Old Newton Fundraising Group and Old Newton Under Fives present a Christmas Bonanza Weekend on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, a festive feast of shopping and entertainment for all at the village hall in Church Road, Old Newton. Featuring stalls from local organisations and artisan traders selling gifts, novelties, soft toys, seasonal food and produce, handy crafts, greetings cards, cosmetics, health and skincare products, fresh flowers, stationary and jewellery to name but a few. The hall will be open from 6-8pm on Friday evening and again on Saturday…

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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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Bressingham Gardens Art Exhibition & Competition

The Bressingham Gardens have long been inspirational to gardeners, from novice to expert, opening up the world of plants and design, illustrating the excitement and passion of gardening. Now the Bloom family are pleased to invite artists to share in that beauty by creating a piece of work based on their interpretation of the internationally renowned gardens, as Shirley Hayes has done in this painting of Bressingham Hall. Open to all artists’ styles and mediums, the exhibition and competition is a wonderful opportunity to exhibit their piece of original artwork…

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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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Stowmarket Concert Band

A really busy autumn season led to a fantastic Christmas season for the band, with 15 bookings shared between our main band and their training band. A particular highlight was the fantastic sell-out concert at URC Stowmarket, presented by their MD Rob Pattison, 35 main band musicians and our brilliant training band. With around 300 in the hall, it was a great evening of varied music, including a heart-warming performance from  friends at Stowmarket Target Club. Thank you to the audience, supporters and players, and huge thanks to Jeffries of…

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Stowmarket Tennis Club

Words by Senior Club Coach Chris Cunningham Let’s talk about injuries. Or shall we avoid the topic? No, we can’t because injury affects all of us at various stages of our lives and in different forms. I see many players arriving at the courts and leaping straight onto the baseline to start hitting at pretty much full speed. The damage and pain is often not felt at the time, but huge problems can be experienced later on when the body has cooled down and rested. Equally, most players can benefit from…

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