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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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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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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Needham Market Bowls Club

Words by David Hindley After a very successful outdoor season, many our bowlers are enjoying indoor bowling at the Meadlands. Any member wanting information about indoor bowling can contact me on 01449 613 144. I would also like to say that not only have we achieved success on the green this year, but that the atmosphere in the club and the camaraderie between teams and bowlers has been excellent which makes for a welcoming and very happy bowls club. The green was successfully put to bed and the green team…

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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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Pupil Raises More Than £1,000 For Charity

Robert Beevers, a 12-year-old Claydon High School pupil, organised a charity dog walk in aid of the Animal Health Trust and St Elizabeth Hospice in memory of his uncle, Edward Whittaker on Saturday 16th September and raised more than £1,000 with donations still coming in and collection buckets still to be emptied. The raffle, supported by local businesses WD Coe of Ipswich, East of England Co-op, HG Gladwell / Copdock Mill, Adnams Brewery, Elmsett Post Office and Stores and many national companies, raised more than £300. Robert worked hard asking…

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A Goal For Gambia

Wendy and Julian Andrews went to Gambia on a holiday and by chance were invited to meet some of the local villagers. They were shocked to see their living conditions and to find out that the children often got no schooling. They also met a wonderful British lady who had moved out there and was doing all she could to get help for the schools. She had set up a charity called a Goal for Gambia, which can be followed on Facebook. When Wendy and Julian asked how they could…

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Needham Market Bowls Club

The Stowmarket League presentation evening was well attended by NMBC members eager to see captains Roger Last, Joyce Walton and David Hindley pick up the three trophies won by the club in 2017. Congratulations once again to all the bowlers involved. Not a lot of news at the moment, but more next month after the AGM when the dates and content of the winter social evenings have been decided. The meet and greets at Crowley Park have been very successful and will resume with the opening of the 2018 outdoor…

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Bramford Tennis Club

Words by Mick Russ Whoosh! What was that? That was the summer, gone, but not forgotten (unlike the hundreds of tennis balls lost from Nicks wayward serves). Interest now moves onto the winter leagues (floodlit and Sunday morning), which will have started by the time you are using this to line the bottom of the budgie’s cage. The first fixture round threw up a local derby match when Nick and Graham as Bramford 1 played Matt and Adam (Graham’s sons) playing as Bramford 2. It proved to be another win…

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