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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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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Scorpion Martial Arts Academy

With more than 100 juniors and seniors grading in kickboxing and karate at their last exams of the year in November, the standard of martial arts demonstrated was simply superb. The kickboxers were put through a gruelling test of their fitness, conditioning and fighting skills. The first universal karate exam saw all of the junior coloured belts been tested on their self-defence and fighting skills and once again the level of karate was fantastic. The last exam was for the seniors and junior brown and black belts. This was a…

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Orchard Barn

At Orchard Barn, they are busy making wooden tiles (shingles) for their new craft room roof. The logs used are Sweet Chestnut, which is a wood with tannin in it. Why mention this here? Well, tannin corrodes ordinary metal which means that for their shingles to stay fixed to the roof, they need to buy expensive non-corrosive stainless steel nails to fix them with. They calculate that they need to make and fit over 5,400 shingles to cover the whole roof, and to fix them using these special nails, will…

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SODS’ Auditions Coming Soon

Made In Dagenham tells the true story of the upholstery machinists at Ford’s Dagenham plant who came out on strike in the late 1960s for equal pay with men. In doing so they took on the full force of the British Government, the TUC and their parent company Ford (USA). And they won! Pre-auditions will take place over three evenings: Tuesday 9th January from 7.30pm at the Boys Brigade All children wishing to audition should attend this evening. Tuesday 16th January from 7.30pm, also at the Boys Brigade (Adults only). Be prepared…

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Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline

Words by Link Chair Elizabeth Parker On Sunday 3rd December, we collected our Christmas group from Gatwick airport. The children who had never been to the UK before all said “England is lovely” as soon as they got off the plane! This is going to be a very exciting month for the children who have not only never been away from home, but have never experienced Christmas before either. After the children return home at the end of the month I will be leaving for Belarus for our Father Frost…

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