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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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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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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Capel Ladies Club

A coachful of Capel Ladies Club members and friends left Capel at 9.30am on a Wednesday 15th November  for a spot of shopping – whether it be window or Christmas – and a look round for bargains. Their destination was Bury St Edmunds, where it was market day and the town was bustling, but not too overcrowded. Some of them had a list but most were just browsing or looking to pick up a bargain from one of the many sales that seemed to be on. One group ventured as…

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Babblings From The Brook

Drink, treats and a warm welcome await dogs and their owners at The Brook Inn as more and more visitors come to the pub with their four-legged friends. Manager Mark Cooper said, The pub is especially popular with dog owners during the day, as people enjoy walking in the surrounding countryside. To meet human demands at this coldest time of year, Mark and his team are serving up an £11 set menu at lunchtimes for two courses throughout January and February. There will also be a ‘Winter Warmer’ offer on…

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Tales From The 19th Hole

The HOGS will have recently enjoyed their post-Christmas Bash at Seckford Hall on Saturday 27th December and be preparing for their AGM in mid-January. More about the golf next month, but the prediction is that Paul G will have been in the winning team; not long odds as fittingly his name has been on the trophy every year it has been competed for. However, instead of the golf they had a fundraising quiz night held at the end of October 2017. Several teams were made up of ‘non-HOGS’ who read…

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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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Popular Afternoon Tea Walk Series Continues

The latest in the series of “Afternoon Tea Walks” arranged by the Ipswich Tourist Guides, takes place on Monday 29th January. Entitled “An Ipswich Almanac” the walk explores some of the major – and some of the quirky – events and happenings in Ipswich’s 1500 year history that helped shape the town – from the opening of the new Town Hall (celebrating 150 years this weekend) and the granting of a Royal Charter over 800 years ago, to the rudimentary provision of a Fire Service in the 16th Century. The…

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