Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline & Charity Shop

 Host Parents Wanted We are already preparing for our 2019 summer visit and are looking for people who might consider hosting a child/ren. Children will be aged between eight and 10 years and the visit takes place from June 30 until July 28. The children meet daily at our centre in Stowmarket so host families can follow their own occupation or interests. Age and financial circumstances are immaterial; what is important is that you want to welcome the children into your life for these four weeks. It’s a really rewarding…

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Gippeswyk Singers with Martlesham Brass

Gippeswyk Singers are welcoming in the New Year with special guests Martlesham Brass in a concert at St Michael & All Angels Church Centre, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL on Sunday 6th January at 7:30pm. Come and enjoy an uplifting evening of beautiful music from the choir including Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and Brian Latchem’s “An Abundance of Blessings” conducted by Geoff Lavery and accompanied by Anna Wynne on harp. Martlesham Brass are featured performing on their own as well as joining the Singers for a medley of well-known songs…

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Roma Nicholson

Ipswich singing sensation 13 year-old Roma Nicholson, has just launched her debut album on Sunday 28th October at the Railway Pub on Foxhall Road, Ipswich in front of a crowd of 100 fans who turned up eagerly to hear songs of her new album Teen Spirit which follows on from her debut EP from last year Welcome to the Waterfront. The young singer-songwriter performed songs from her debit album including the song Stronger which was released on World Mental Health Day, which is about fighting back against bullying and was co-written…

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The 10th Annual Sci-fi & Action Exhibition

This October, Bury St Edmunds muggles will be beamed up to a Galaxy far, far away to boldly go where no man has gone before as Moyse’s Hall celebrate their 10th Anniversary Sci-Fi and Action Exhibition. Visitors will be able to see a unique selection of screen-used props and costumes, plus replicas, memorabilia and more, from the likes of Star Wars, Dr Who, Star Trek and even Harry Potter – plus original space race artefacts – from 20 October – 25 November. This year the highlights will appeal to all…

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Maasai Warriors Return to Harkstead

We are delighted to welcome back the Osiligi Troupe of Maasai Warriors to Harkstead Church in October. In 2013 they first came to Harkstead, and their two performances were a sell-out. It was a memorable occasion, as you will know if you were present. For anyone who has not seen them, it is a very special chance to experience and enjoy the diverse culture of the Maasai.  Their tribal music and dance is incredible – mesmerising to hear, fascinating to watch, and includes the spectacular jumping for which the tribe…

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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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London to Paris in Memory of Eddie Rogers

Written by Ronnie Bradford On July 25 my dad and I embarked on a crazy adventure, riding from London to Paris on our push bikes in loving memory of my late Uncle Eddie and to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care. Three hundred and thirty six miles in four days! The ride was incredibly challenging, coping with 39-degree heat, numerous hills, mechanical breakdowns and getting lost. At one-point dad ended up battling the HGVs on the A20! We met some incredible people along the way whose stories really inspired us…

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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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Charity Screening of Breathe

Manningtree Rotary in association with The Manifest Theatre are presenting a charity presentation BREATHE on Friday, September 28 at the Manifest Theatre, 2 Oxford Road, Manningtree CO11 1BP. The folks in Manningtree Rotary are known for their activities and events in our local community, but Rotary’s work around the world is not so well known. The eradication of polio worldwide has been one of Rotary International’s goals for many years. With other partners such as the World Health Organisation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the number of children…

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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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