East Bergholt United FC

December was very much an up and down month for the First Team. They started positively with victory over Westerfield, the third win on the bounce. There was also a five goal success over Felixstowe Harpers, but that was sandwiched between two five goal reversals at Cranes and Henley and the team completed 2017 with a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of near neighbours Capel. However, 2018 started well. The Green Boys were pitched against the favourites for the League title in the eyes of many, Achilles, in Round…

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New Courses At Orchard Barn

New craft courses are planned over the coming months at Orchard Barn near Battisford as the centre’s hand-made craft room takes shape. As a tree and wood orientated enterprise it was decided to make a start with a Spoon Carving course on Saturday 10th March. Much of the greenwood is sourced from Orchard Barn’s own orchard, so with apple pruning coming up the bigger pieces will be saved for carving. The smaller sticks are greatly enjoyed by one of volunteer’s pet rabbits and the rest are chomped up and converted…

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Manningtree Photographic Society

Those dark December days seem a long way away, celebrated with their own Christmas Social, complete with seasonal jollity and memorable party pieces by their very own stars of stage and screen. All made possible by Frank, Sue and helpers, for which society members are most grateful. Towards the end of their first half season, Tim Stott has hosted three useful informal training sessions. Although aimed at newcomers, they have they discovered, for instance recently, that modern digital cameras have two ‘curtains’ that control the flash function. The winter period…

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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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Manningtree Photography Society

A popular visitor, light artist Ed Bacon returned in November to host another fun evening involving light painting. While they all wrestled to capture some intriguing albeit surreal imagery, it really did make them think hard about long exposure settings for dramatic effect. More recently, they were privileged to hear from Ann Miles FRPS, a very well qualified and enthusiastic photographer specialising in nature and landscape photography. Her talk explained the unexpected benefits arising from photography in bad weather, where less bright, but diffused or reflected light can produce much…

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A Golden Celebration

The beautiful interior of Dedham Parish Church provided a splendid setting for Dedham Arts Group’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition held in the last week of October in support of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). From the official opening by the group’s chair, Angella Horner FRSA, to the presentation of prizes by the guest of honour, Lady Ruggles-Brise DL, on the last day, there was a steady stream of visitors and a very special atmosphere. The whole exhibition was enhanced by the lovely floral displays with a golden theme provided by Helen…

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Shelley Centre Recieve Award

The Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding is to receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote. The charity was one of six to be nominated by Freemasons in Suffolk, with local people voting to decide the level of their award. They were part of 178,801 people who voted across England and Wales. The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on…

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Janet Drake’s Yogalates

From Monday 4th December, Mind Body Moment will teach Yogalates™ in a course like structure, starting with a one-to-one assessment followed by an introductory course (six 90-minute classes – max six clients). On completion the client can join any of the general sessions (four 90-minute classes – max 10 clients). Louise Solomon developed Yogalates™ over 20 years ago. It is the original award winning exercise method integrating Pilates and Yoga, creating a system that develops core stability and strength, while enhancing stamina, flexibility and balance, and brings relaxation and well-being…

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Events Under Canvas Sponsor Ball

East Anglia’s leading giant tipi hire company, Events Under Canvas, was proud sponsor of the East Bergholt Community Fund’s inaugural Harvest Ball in October. The sell-out event raised a whopping £10,000, to be shared between the Suffolk Royal Voluntary Service and East Bergholt Primary School. Around 200 attendees turned out to enjoy a sparkling reception in the grounds of Ackworth House, where five of Events Under Canvas’ interlinked tipis, complete with furnishings, provided the backdrop to a lively evening of entertainment. Local musician Glen Crisp welcomed guests with an acoustic…

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