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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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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Stowmarket Camera Club

Accompanied by Nigel Rea, Chris Carne gave an instructional talk about how to approach audio visual presentations on Monday 13th November. Chris showed  several of his own presentations to illustrate his points. They will hopefully be able to put his advice to good use, when they have their AV competition later in the year. Harold Mousley judged the Open 2 competition on Monday 27th November, with his usual wit and humour. It was a very good night. Unfortunately our wildlife competition on Monday 11th December had to be cancelled due…

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The Regal In February

We are now well into the 2018 movie awards season, kicking off last month with the black dresses worn at the Golden Globes. The BAFTAs are on Sunday 18th February and the Oscars are held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday 4th March. The Regal are pleased to be showing most of the big awards contenders this month, with The Shape of Water, I Tonya and Lady Bird still to look forward to in March. Darkest Hour: historic drama starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas. Nominated for nine BAFTA…

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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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Stowmarket Tennis Club

Words by Chris Cunningham Strange things are happening in the world of sport: Ipswich Town seem to be producing some football, Formula 1 is attracting Alfa Romeo and Aston Martin, and Andy Murray is forming a sports management company! This last element is the one which raises the most eyebrows because usually top athletes wait until they’ve reached their peak before distracting themselves with too much off-court business. The Williams sisters are well known to have created future careers in fashion to continue after their playing days are over, but…

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