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Wangford Veterinary Clinic, based in Beccles, has been awarded Practice of the Year at the 2020 Petplan Veterinary Awards. The winners were announced on 28 May during a virtual ceremony held on Petplan’s Facebook page and hosted by author and presenter

It's Spring Craft Fair time at the Hall – Saturday 6th April – will see a collection of very different stalls selling everything from superb photographic prints via food, to gifts for all those birthdays and special occasions. Do come along and have a cup of coffee/tea and a piece of home made cake and wander amongst the colourful array on offer and then there’s hot bacon rolls and tasty soups to savour at lunch time.

It is with enormous sadness that All Hallows’ board of trustees has to announce that All Hallows Healthcare Trust and all of its services are likely to close, subject to staff consultation. They have been forced to accept that it is now impossible to balance income and costs on an ongoing basis.

Were you born in Westhall or brought up in the village?   How often do you sadly attend a funeral and meet childhood friends, old school mates and past neighbours who you haven’t seen for a while, sometimes years?  But when you do, it is always on such an occasion, and where it is so often suggested that “…we must all get together in happier circumstances …”

IT'S open house at Slaughden Sailing Club and Aldeburgh Yacht Club (AYC) on Sunday 5th May and Sunday 19th May respectively and everyone is invited to come and have some fun. This is a chance to try sailing and learn some new skills; experience the beautiful river Alde in a boat – under wind or engine power. Sailing is an activity that can be enjoyed at any age and many levels.

Gippeswyk Singers, Phoenix Singers and Beccles Choral Society are delighted to announce they will be joining forces under the musical direction of their conductor Geoff Lavery to present:

Verdi “Requiem”  

Saturday 11th May 2019 at 7:30pm

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Rosedale Funeral Home  in association with Barclays Bank are holding a Charity Golf day in aid of  Nature and Nurture  children's bereavement charity and Emmaus  a charity that aims to combat poverty and homelessness, at Bungay & Waveney Golf Club on Thursday 13th June.

THE February meeting of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group will hear from Berry Mayall about childhood during the Second World War. Bringing in the harvest. Watching for enemy aircraft. Rescuing survivors from the wreckage of bombed houses. Keeping the family business running when parents were enlisted into war-work. These are just a few examples of how children and young people made substantial contributions to the war effort during the Second World War.  

DO you fancy: Getting fitter and more active? Making new friends? Learning new skills? Haven't played since school or for 30+ years? No problem, all abilities welcome. Then come along to Adult Social Netball Sessions every Tuesday between 7-8pm at The Venue at Sir John Leman High School. 1st session free, thereafter £4 a session.

THE doors of the new Woodbridge Museum opened for the first time at Maritime Woodbridge in October. Visitors were able to see the Reception area and shop. Following this the museum closed in order to start the fitting out in earnest. Work is progressing well and before long it is hoped that the Friends of the Museum will be able to visit and see the complete building. The museum will open its doors to the public in April 2019.

THE next Suffolk Family History Society Ipswich Group talk will take place on Thursday 22nd November at 7.15pm.  Roy Tricker, known for his love and appreciation of Suffolk Churches and what is inside them presents "The Fun and Fascination of Churches" at the Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JW (Car park Waterworks St, IP4 1JG).  £2 members, non-members warmly welcomed £2.50  - you can join the Society at the meeting if you wish.Tickets are not required - just turn up and pay at the door.

The Public Hall is proud to welcome back the very talented Claire Welham and her wonderful dancing & singing troupe, The Tigerlilys. They are back to Beccles for a momentous treble bill of performances for the last part of this year, one per month, starting with the popular Night at the Musicals, followed by the lovely family show, Once Upon a Fairy Tale and finishing with the sassy Diva Fever which has been wowing audiences in the area. Catch The TIgerlilys this year at the Public Hall! 

 

ON the weekend of August 11th - 12th the Woodbridge Art Club will be holding an open air exhibition to commemorate our very first exhibition which took place in August 1968 and was hung on the station railings at the Town Quay. Alas those wooden railings are long gone, replaced by a brick wall, but thanks to the Environment Agency we have obtained some metal railings which will be erected in the riverside square outside the Longshed on the Whisstocks site and it will be hung with members paintings. There will also be pottery and lace, which is a bit of a deviation because the club only catered for painters in 1968 but now has thriving potters and lace makers groups.

 

NEW Horizons, the club for older people in the Woodbridge area, has been able to purchase some new games due to a very generous grant from District Councillor Caroline Page. Funding from the Locality Budget has enabled us to buy a floor basketball set, a Bean Bag target game together with a Music Quiz and Musical Bingo. These have proved very popular and we are very grateful to Caroline for her continued support of the Club. This month, members also enjoyed attempting a Japanese style flower arrangement using twisted willow, catkins and ferns.They produced some attractive and cheerful displays to brighten their homes during these dull winter days.We also enjoyed a slide show on Chile entitled ‘The Long Thin Country’ by Chris Parfitt.

           

ON Thursday 25th January 2018 - Dunkirk (Thriller/Drama) 12A.  In May/June 1940, the German army has advanced into France, trapping 400,00 Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk.  Britain sends civilian boats to try to evacuate the beleaguered forces.  This is the story as seen through the eyes of one soldier amongst those trapped forces. Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, and Harry Styles, with an impressive score written by Hans Zimmer.

In November, out thoughts turn to remembering those who died during wars and other conflicts. We might easily remember the soldiers, sailors and airmen, but perhaps forget the civilian casualties. This year, spare a thought for all the thousands of people who died in their homes as a result of bombings.

GIPPESWYK Singers are delighted to present “Anthems for Advent” – a concert featuring special guests Nightingale Wind Quintet and organist John Hutchings, conducted by Geoff Lavery.  They invite you to join them for an evening of uplifting music to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season; including beautiful anthems and carols, a superb organist, special performances from the Nightingale Wind Quintet and delicious refreshments to send everyone home glowing with seasonal good will!

 

Leiston and District Branch OCA

EIGHT members of the OCA were present in our new surroundings of the Leiston Day Centre, on Friday 1st September and all were welcomed by our Chairman, Alf Watson. There had been no apologies. Alf expressed our gratitude to David Bailey for arranging with the Council to hire the Day Centre for the morning of the first Friday in each month. Future meetings would be held here on Fridays 6th October, 3rd November and 1st December.


THE next monthly meeting of The Martlesham Heath Aviation Society will be on Friday 6th October at 7.30pm.   “Arctic Patrol”, a talk by Les Hambling (ex Royal Navy submariner for 25 years) takes us on a journey to the Arctic through the eyes of a  submariner ending up in Nuclear submarines, covering the checks carried out to prepare the submarine and crew for the trip, and the operation of a sophisticated vessel in a very harsh environment, patrolling for extended periods, often under the Arctic ice.

COME on down to the beautiful setting of Peak Hill Farm on Sunday 24th September for an autumn festival with a jam-packed programme for the whole family. Harvest Past promises to be a great day out with a range of activities, demonstrations and attractions to entertain while celebrating our farming heritage – and all in support of the Long Shop Museum in Leiston!

ONE of the aims of Woodbridge Rotary Club is to do things to improve the community, wherever possible.   Last year the Club raised funds for Macmillan Woolverstone Appeal which contributed to the family room in the new cancer ward.  With this in mind, on August 27th they are organising the second Deben Marathon along with three other walks in aid of Macmillan Cancer:  North Deben Bank Walk, South Deben Bank Walk and Family Walk. 70% of the money raised through these walks will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support funding all the consumables in the family room in the coming years, with the remaining 30% to other charities supported by Woodbridge Rotary Club. 

GIPPESWYK Singers have been thrilled with the tremendous reception and superb reviews of ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ at Snape Maltings in May 2017.  Conductor Geoff Lavery took everyone who was there that night on an unforgettable journey through Elgar's masterpiece, which included a wonderfully moving performance from the Lambeth Orchestra, outstanding solo voices, and a dramatically beautiful choral sound from the impressive teamwork of Gippeswyk Singers and Beccles Choral Society.

BECCLES Society of Artists meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Waveney Centre, Beccles for talks and demonstrations by professional artists or other experts in art, with our popular annual exhibition being held each August.  Entry to the demonstration is free for members and £3 for visitors – everybody welcome!