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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Suffolk’s Mr Bean

Suffolk’s own Mr Bean to headline county’s inaugural mini show Bumbling Mr Bean will be putting in an appearance alongside hundreds of the iconic British cars at Stonham Barns’ Mini Barn Bash, the county’s first ever show dedicated to minis. In return for a donation to the Fresh Start, New Beginnings charity which the event is supporting, fans of the Rowan Atkinson character will be able to have their picture taken with Dominic Oliver, from Lowestoft, in full Mr Bean costume alongside a faithful reproduction of the famous green Mini…

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Community Market

Community market bursting with fresh local produce Freshly picked local produce will be on offer at the community garden’s next market on Friday 8th June, at the CRESS Pavilion, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE, from 10am to 12.30pm. There will also be a selection of excellent quality plants on offer, grown at our walled garden project, to spruce up your garden or windowsill. Meanwhile, young people from Chantry Academy will be behind the serving hatch this month with a wonderful selection of cakes and goodies they have made – so…

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Ansell Centre Defibrillator Appeal

As they had so desperately hoped, their defibrillator was installed on Christmas Eve at the Ansell Centre. A last-minute hitch was created by the very late delivery of the cabinet requiring a late visit from the electrical contractor before the defibrillator for Hadleigh installation was complete – ready for Christmas. Their continued thanks for all those who gave so generously and speedily to get this in place. In the above picture, we see two of their major fundraisers – Barbara Breeze and Julie Phillips – with Roger Jay (head of…

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Suffolk Rockets Netball Club

They started the New Year quickly, with training back on from Wednesday 3rd January. This year has seen some new Back to Netball ladies join them; they are always looking for new players to join, so please do get in touch if you fancy trying out the sessions. The club is busy booking friendly games and tournaments for 2018, so the B2N ladies can put their training into practice. Their juniors were back playing in the Colchester League from Thursday 11th January and it was a great start with Cosmic Rockets…

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2018 Season At Neptune Sailing

They will again be running three separate evening groups (ages 10+) based on ability (ranging from complete novice to advanced sailors) for 16 weeks, from April till September excluding school holidays. When reaching the required standard you will awarded the relevant RYA qualification. If you would like to join one of these groups please contact them via the website, where you will also find a short video. If you have completed a previous group, you will be offered a place to progress to the next group. The youth groups offer…

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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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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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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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