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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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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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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A Clean Approach To Chimney Sweeping

GVK Chimney Sweeps and Services is a small family-run business based on the Shotley peninsular. Owner Gordon Pooley takes great pride in providing a reliable, friendly, clean and tidy service to all customers with the introduction of power sweeping technology. Gordon explains, “Proper maintenance of your appliance is obviously a safety issue which we take very seriously, but we also recognise that it’s a privilege to be invited into someone’s home and we treat every home we visit with respect.” The company offers a CCTV inspection service if required at…

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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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Capel Plough FC

Words from Bob – The Ploughman From the middle of October, to the end of November, the Saturday First team played six league games and won all six with the side moving up to third place in the Senior Division of the Suffolk and Ipswich league. A 1-0 win on Saturday 4th November against last season’s league champions Henley Athletic, thanks to a goal from Stephen Morrison, was followed by a 4-2 victory against Benhall St Mary, with goals from a Sean Gunn penalty and a hat trick from Sean Webb. On…

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DanceEast To Host U.Dance 2018

Following four days of youth dance celebrations in Birmingham earlier this year to mark One Dance UK’s U.Dance 2017, it was revealed that DanceEast will host the national event for the first time in 2018. Each year, the U.Dance festival showcases a selection of dance groups from all over the country, as well as providing young people with the chance to take part in workshops and masterclasses with dance industry professionals, and inspire each other with a love of dance. The 2018 festival will run in July, across both DanceEast…

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StartEAST

StartEast is delighted to announce, as the calendar year draws to a close, that they have so far supported over 130 cultural and creative individuals, start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises, in Norfolk and Suffolk, with over 800 hours of advice and training to enable them to take the next vital steps in securing growth for their businesses. Bespoke business support packages have been specifically tailored, following individual assessments, to deliver a combination of one to one sessions, practical small group workshops and larger networking events, providing opportunities to meet…

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Suffolk Youth Parliament

Nominations are now open for Suffolk’s Youth Parliament and young people in Suffolk have until Sunday 7th January to submit their nominations. The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is the largest elected body of young people in the UK who influence policy. Made up of elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) and deputies, they meet locally and nationally to give young people a voice. There are currently two MYPs in Suffolk and up to 15 MYPs and deputies will be appointed when elections are held in February. MYPs assist in running Make…

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