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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Local Artist at the Royal Academy Exhibition

Stella Davis from Onehouse, was very pleased when she heard that her screenprint image Journey had been accepted for the Royal Academy of Art’s annual exhibition. Because it’s the 250th anniversary, the RA removed the cap on entries so there were over 20,000 applications from members of the public this year. A total of 1351 pieces of art were chosen to make up the exhibition which runs until August 19. This photo was taken at Varnishing Day ceremony and celebration on June 4, when Stella found that her work is…

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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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Stowmarket Concert Band

A really busy autumn season led to a fantastic Christmas season for the band, with 15 bookings shared between our main band and their training band. A particular highlight was the fantastic sell-out concert at URC Stowmarket, presented by their MD Rob Pattison, 35 main band musicians and our brilliant training band. With around 300 in the hall, it was a great evening of varied music, including a heart-warming performance from  friends at Stowmarket Target Club. Thank you to the audience, supporters and players, and huge thanks to Jeffries of…

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Stowmarket Tennis Club

Words by Senior Club Coach Chris Cunningham Let’s talk about injuries. Or shall we avoid the topic? No, we can’t because injury affects all of us at various stages of our lives and in different forms. I see many players arriving at the courts and leaping straight onto the baseline to start hitting at pretty much full speed. The damage and pain is often not felt at the time, but huge problems can be experienced later on when the body has cooled down and rested. Equally, most players can benefit from…

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Stowmarket Swimming Club

Stowmarket Swimming Club hosted its club championships in November and the final meet of 2017 was the ‘no frills’. Over these two galas the club had 37 qualifiers for the county championship which will be held at Crown Pools, Ipswich during February. The club, along with Head Coach Sylvia Harrison, had the opportunity of attending a long course competition hosted by Waltham Forest whose home pool is the coveted 50m Olympic pool at Stratford. The competitors from Stowmarket rose to the long course challenge and 10 individuals secured a clutch…

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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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