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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!

A MASSIVEModelRailwayShowis steaming intoWoodbridgeon Saturday 26th August – the perfect opportunity for fans both young and old to see more than 20modelrailwaylayouts in a variety of scales from tiny Z gauge to O Gauge. The event is being held from 10am to 4.30pm at The Dome inWoodbridgeSchool and will be the first one atWoodbridgeand is tipped to be one of the largest in the East of England!

SAM and Nancy had an idea. A big idea – maybe too big? They wanted to celebrate their community’s good fortune in receiving a wonderful building development that would produce unique facilities for everyone in the town to enjoy. What could they do? How could they organise some kind of super-special event to entertain the town, yet involve lots of people both young and old? The big idea that they came up with was to put on a musical event that told a story, but what kind of a story? It had to be a big story, something steeped in history and local history at that, for part of the gift that the Town Council was to receive from the building development was going to include a new location for the Woodbridge Museum.

THE club’s most recent competition took place on June 28th and the theme was ‘Country Churches’. This image of the Church of St Mary, Henstead with Hulver was taken by Ray Mason and was awarded nineteen out of twenty points in the Monochrome Print category. Ray also achieved first place for another image entered in the Colour Print category. Following Ray was Holly Stranks in second and Andy Wilson in third. Positions in the Monochrome Print section went to Andy Wilson in first; David Morrell second; David Penrose third. The following were awarded places in the Digital Projected Images category: Jane Murphy (first), Sue Grief (second), Peter Nixon (third).

Berry delicious. Summer warmth, alfresco dining and healthy eating put berries centre plate for Jonny Nicholson, Chef-Proprietor of The Bell At Sax’

NEEDLE-LACE expert Jane Rowton-Lee, who had exhibited her work around the world as well as at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, is coming to St Mary’s Church, Bungay, on Friday 28th April. She will be giving a talk to launch ‘A Stitch in Time’, an exhibition of needlework and textiles, ancient and modern.

LOCATED on the former RAF Bentwaters, the BCWM is the only museum in the UK housed within a disused U S Air Force Wind Command Post.  Operated and administered by volunteers from Bentwaters Aviation Society the BCWM portrays the history of RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge from the Second World War through to when the USAF's 81sst Tatical Fighter Wing withdrew from both bases in 1993. 

ON May 15th the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group will welcome the return of Pip Wright to talk about “Surprises from the Parish Chest” – an alternative history of Suffolk.   We will hear of wife-sellers, crooked bankers, rogue rectors, sportsman-naturalists, witches and wizards, spendthrifts and misers, respectable thieves and smugglers and, of course, a good few fornicators – most of whose existence can be verified by contemporary accounts; but occasionally they appear alongside more hazy stories where the truth is much harder to determine. All have played a part in Suffolk's colourful past. Pip Wright’s illustrated talk tells their stories.

THE Film@Fram showing on Wednesday 3rd May will be 'A Street Cat Named Bob'.  Directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Luke Treadway, Bob the Cat and Ruta Gedmintas, this true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.  Described as “unapologetically heartwarming”.  (12A) 103 mins.

 AT last the restoration can be seen to have started - the stocks and cap removed. The cap has been taken to millwrights works in Suffolk, the metal stocks will be replaced by wood. Some damage to the top tracks and brickwork was discovered (more than was anticipated) on removal of the cap. We need to raise more money to cover the cost of these extra problems.