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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RSPCA Shop in Stowmarket

It’s going to be a busy rest of the year for your local RSPCA Branch, with (fingers crossed) a new shop opening in Stowmarket and the new kennels at our Martlesham Animal Centre progressing rapidly. The RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch has its animal centre at Martlesham, but helps animals across the area, including Stowmarket and its environs. Jean Short, Honorary Chairman of the Branch: “The exciting news for us is the opening of a new RSPCA charity shop at Unit 6, Wilkes Way, near ASDA. It’s our first…

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Museum of East Anglian Life’s Guinness World Record!

The Museum of East Anglian Life has just set its first Guinness World Record after successfully creating the Longest Suffolk Puff or yo-yo caterpillar. Throughout last year, more than 350 museum visitors and members of the local community cut out fabric, sewed, gathered and threaded puffs onto strings. A total of 5,864 puffs were finally strung together to make a caterpillar that measured 90 metres, 38 centimetres – that’s nearly four times the length of our 13th century barn! Collections and Interpretation Manager Lisa Harris says: “A Suffolk puff (British)…

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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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WeCan Family Fun Day

WeCan@TheJunction will be holding their Family Fun Day at the Recreation Ground, Stowmarket on Saturday, August 25 from noon-4pm. There will be live music, dance and parkour displays, face painting, a prize draw and lots more fun and games, plus free balloon modelling by Mr Beans Entertainment and a magic show by UnbeLEEvable Parties to keep the little ones happy. Entry is free and there will be light snacks and drinks available to buy from The Rec Community Café. Or why not bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment? Last…

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The Mix

CAN YOU HELP THE MIX? The Mix are issuing an urgent call out for anyone who may be interested in volunteering at our drop-ins for young people. Unfortunately, due to a shortage of volunteer partners we are currently having to cancel our popular drop-ins much more often than we would like. What drop-ins consist of  Anywhere from five to 50 young people for two-and-a-half hours. They can be noisy and vibrant or calm and relaxed.  At drop-in young people are free to engage with whatever they like. We encourage volunteers to…

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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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