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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Gippeswyk Singers

Gippeswyk Singers are delighted to present St John Passion by JS Bach on Friday 30th March (Good Friday) in partnership with Music in Felixstowe, conducted by Geoff Lavery. Gippeswyk Singers will be joined by four professional young soloists and the Classic Chamber Orchestra, consisting of the finest musicians in East Anglia, for this very poetic portrayal of the crucifixion story. The St John Passion is an expressive and dramatic oratorio which takes us through the fiercely sorrowful events of Good Friday with all its darkness and despair. However, it is…

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Suffolk Rockets Netball Club

The junior teams have been very busy playing their matches in the Colchester League. Cosmic Rockets are sitting third in the league table and Saturn Rockets are just below in fourth. There are seven teams altogether, so both teams are doing extremely well considering it’s their first season. On Thursday 18th January, Cosmic won 13-5 against KATs Kestrels and Saturn won 10-1 against KATs Osprey. On  Thursday 1st February, Cosmic won 12- 4 against KATs Osprey and Saturn won 12-1 against Colne. On Thursday 8th February, Cosmic took on second in…

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Ipswich Ravens Volleyball

The seasonal weather and illness caused last month’s indoor six-a-side competition at Northgate School to be scaled down, there was no Division 2 competition and just six teams entered Division 1 including Ravens men. They were able to continue their policy of providing opportunities to their junior boys to compete at adult level, with two under-15s in the team, and once again they were very pleased with the outcome. They finished second in the initial pool phase with a good win and a narrow defeat against the two Ipswich teams. This…

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The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm

The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm is located Rushmere St Andrew. You might have seen them featured on BBC TV’s Countryfile and Escape to the Country last year! They offer something quite unique – a Community Shared Agriculture scheme. This is a partnership between farmers and the local community. People can come up to the farm, help with the food-growing and enjoy some of the harvest. Community Shared Agriculture schemes originally developed in the USA and Japan, and the Oak Tree was one of the first schemes to set up…

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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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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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Kesgrave & Northgate Karate Club

On Saturday 11th November, club competitors went to Liege in Belgium for an international competition. The standard was extremely high with more than 600 competitors for all over Europe, many of them internationals. The results were: Lauren Berry silver in individual kata and bronze in kumite, Georgina Lawson silver and bronze in kumite. On the way back, the club laid a wreath on Remembrance Sunday at the Suffolk Cemetery in Belgium. Well done to everyone who competed at Meopham on Sunday 26th November. There was a fantastic turnout of competitors…

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Outstanding OFSTED Results In Rendlesham

Rendlesham Out-of-School Club is celebrating an ‘outstanding’ grade in its most recent Ofsted inspection. The club joins its sister nurseries, Rendlesham Day Nursery and Bridge Farm Day Nursery in Martlesham in gaining the highest grade possible. The report stated that, “Staff are highly knowledgeable about how young children learn. Children relish the interesting and exciting experiences on offer. The whole environment is stimulating and the activities capture children’s natural curiosity.” The manager of the setting, Joanne Dervish, has worked for the company for 10 years. The Ofsted report had this…

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