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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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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Suffolk Trail Runners

SOCIAL RUNNING GROUP OFFERS MEMBERS AFFILIATION TO ATHLETICS BODY Members of one of Suffolk’s fastest growing running clubs are now able to affiliate to the sport’s governing body. Suffolk Trail Runners which specialises in social and non-competitive off-road running is offering a membership scheme which will mean ‘first claim’ runners are affiliated to England Athletics, part of UK Athletics. Suffolk Trail Runners was set up by a group of four off-road running enthusiasts in 2015.  Initially members joined via social media and the Facebook group promoting the runs now has…

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Lavenham Children’s Book Festival

There’s an exciting line-up of well-loved authors and illustrators in the second Lavenham Children’s Book Festival on October 20 and 21. The programme is aimed at children aged three up to 12, featuring tales about an angry dragon, Greek gods, a girl detective, East Anglian legends and an unusual uncle. There’s story-telling, how-to-draw sessions, creative writing workshops and the festival ends with a very special musical event. Among those taking part are the Radio 4 broadcaster Zeb Soanes with illustrator James Mayhew and their book Gaspard the Fox, the story…

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Free Writing Challenge

Nettlestead Church are announcing their Summer Free Writing Challenge. in aid of the Church roof repairs. The competition is open to those 12 and under, and whether it be the next  “the Mystery of the Bell?” or “Dragons in the Belfry?” – they encourage you to be as creative as you like. The top prize is for an autographed book from internationally famous children’s authoress, Cressida Cowell who wrote How to Train your Dragon and The Wizards of Once. The prize of which will be awarded by presentation, at Carts and…

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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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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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