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Dr Dan Poulter, MP

AT the end of February, I was delighted to welcome a delegation of farmers from Suffolk, all of whom were attending as part of a group of National Farmers’ Union (NFU) members, led by Suffolk County Chairman, Glenn Buckingham. A special meeting was held

in Westminster, where the farmers were able to directly put across their concerns collectively to Suffolk’s MPs. Not surprisingly, most expressed concern about how agricultural

policy will be

affected as Britain draws ever closer to leaving the European Union. Other shared concerns included tariffs, animal welfare standards, food traceability, environmental practice, food production costs, availability of seasonal

and migrant

labour and the future of water abstraction licenses. Alongside my Parliamentary colleagues, I also heard first- hand members' concerns about the recent increase in illegal hare-coursing, resulting

in significant trespass and damage to land and property. Often perceived as a low-key activity, hare-coursing is a highly organised, lucrative affair, with high stakes and organised gambling.


Government is clear that responsibility for tackling this issue lies with local police forces and commendably, Suffolk Constabulary are doing all that they can to tackle this issue head on. I remain keen to support the farming community in their pursuits to stop this cruel, illegal and barbaric practice, and I will continue to do all that I can to support them in the fight against rural crime. My colleagues and I were also urged to support NFU- proposed amendments to the Agriculture Bill, which would put food production front and centre of future Government policies and ban imports of food produced in ways that would be illegal, or to lower standards than those required of British farmers. We already

Wickham Market Flower Club Open Meeting

OUR president Elsie Leeding invites you to join us in celebrating her 50th year with our Flower Club on Thursday 25th April at Wickham Market Village Hall, IP13 0HE. There will be a demonstration by Michael Bower the topic is "Golden Moments" this is a ticket event only, £10 per

person. Contact Geraldine on 01728 746697 to book (payment to be made at time of booking). Lots of stalls, a raffle, refreshments and great company. Dietary requirements must be notified when tickets are booked. Doors open at 6pm for 7pm start.

know that Britain is a world- leader in high standards of animal welfare, environmental protection and food safety and quite rightly, Suffolk’s farmers voiced their concerns about not allowing food to be imported into this country post-Brexit which may compromise those standards.

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is a predominantly rural constituency and with so many jobs being dependent on the agricultural sector, I am a great supporter of our local farmers and regularly meet with the NFU and the farming community to keep abreast of the important work being carried out across this sector. It’s always helpful to hear first-hand the challenges faced and to offer my help in raising awareness or addressing their concerns when necessary. For more information please visit my website www.


OUR February meeting of the Fellowship was very interesting with a talk by Chloe Robison-Smith from Groundworks, a partner organisation with Anglian Water, who deliver the Anglian Water programme ‘Keep it Clear’. Chloe was able to tell us all about the problems with blocked pipes, fatbergs etc and how we can all help by not putting wipes and unflushable items down our toilets and drains. Our thanks to her for

FRAMLINGHAM Badger Sett. The Badgers, who are all aged between seven and 10 years old, are now working towards their First Aid and Global Badger.

They also

Marlesford Community Centre

MARLESFORD Community Centre are holding a jumble sale on Saturday 13th April 10am-12.30pm.

There will

be cakes, bric a brac and lots more. In Aid of St Andrews Church.

enjoyed our Chinese New Year evening and we send our thanks to “Mr Chan” for the fortune cookies and other goodies. We also held a very successful Burns Night evening, including tasting haggis. As part of Global Badger, we are looking at St John in other parts of the world and local customs. We are now able to take names for our Badger waiting list, so if you are aged between seven and 10 years old and would like to become a Badger and be added to our list, contact us on 01728 621674 or email uk.




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Volunteering with St John Ambulance. We have just launched a major recruitment campaign across Suffolk and are looking for local adults who would like to enrol with us and learn how to save a life. The recruitment drive ends on April 21st and there are induction days in May and June, so new joiners should be fully trained and ready to go on duty at events later in the summer. To find out more, please visit volunteer/the-role-for-you/ volunteer-vacancies---new/ vacancy-details Summer first aid tips.

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a very informative afternoon. The next meeting will be on April 18th which will include keep fit with Clare Hassler. Our May meeting on May 16th will include our Annual General Meeting. For further details please contact us on 01728 621674. The programme for 2019 is varied and we look forward to seeing new faces at our meetings. Date for 2019: Christmas

Coffee Morning, Saturday 30th November.

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events. When large crowds gather for public events there needs to be first aid cover to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those attending. Our volunteers are trained in advanced first aid and lifesaving skills and attend many events each year. In the event of an accident or illness occurring, our volunteers' skills are vital in preventing further harm and saving lives. They provide essential support until the emergency services arrive. We’d like to remind

organisers of events that the more notice you can give, the more likely we’ll be able to provide the necessary first aid cover. At least six weeks’ notice is preferred. For further details call 01473 241500. Please note, with an increasing number of requests, it may not always be possible to provide the first aid cover as requested.

First aid training. Why not learn life saving skills here in Framlingham? By training locally, you can save transport and parking costs, as well as learn vital skills which could be the difference between a life lost and life saved.

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Wickham Market Area Archive Centre

OUR next talk will be in Wickham Market Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 29th March, when our speaker will be Jeff Hallett of Pettistree. As retiring President


Company Secretary of the Suffolk Horse Society, Jeff is well qualified to talk about their project - “Working Horses, Working Lives: stories of the Suffolk Punch”. With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, they collected the stories and reminiscences of the men and women who looked after and worked with Suffolk Punch horses while they were still the main power source in agriculture and transport.

This included younger horsemen who still

Songs from the Sea: The Salts. Fisher Theatre, Saturday 30th March

THE Fisher Theatre have established a strong reputation for hosting high quality bands from around the


and The Salts are an exciting example of this, “we are very pleased to be able to bring such an accomplished band to the Fisher, high quality and appealing to a wide audience demographic are really important to us”, says Darren France.

“The Salts are a co-operative

of seasoned musicians, creating what is fast becoming one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times. Individually The Salts, fronted by twice BBC Young Folk Finalist Lee Collinson-James, have circumnavigated the Commonwealth with tours of Europe,

Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Woodbridge

Camera Club JUDGE George Buxton was served a smorgasbord of entries for the February ‘Food & Drink’ Print Competition. The 31 images were digested and critiqued down to a final 10. After several minutes of deliberation, the winner was announced as Graham Wood with ‘Cheese and Wine by Candlelight’. With runner up Robin Garrod with ‘Mussels on the Menu' with five 10/10’s awarded in total. The standard of the entries was exceptionally high and members look forward to the next challenge – “Monochrome” in May.

Film comes to you Wickham Market Village Hall Diary 3rd Saturday of every month

7th April SUNDAY MATINEE Wickham Market Movies and the

Wickham Market and District Local History Society present

STANLEY’S WAR Directed by Tim Curtis

2.30pm for 3pm at The Village Hall, followed by tea at 4pm. Tickets £3.50 and £4.50

Saturday 20 April

A Star is Born (C15 with strong language) 7pm for 7.30pm

In “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. (Strong language)

Diary note Saturday 18th May THE WIFE

Advance tickets: The Tea Pot 46 or turn up on the night. Remember to bring a cushion for extra comfort. Doors open 7pm.

Singapore and Hong Kong. Their latest album ‘Brave’ on Braccan Records has received rave reviews far and wide." The Salts play a mesmerising mix of full speed, foot-stomping traditional and original shanties. Doing for shanties what the Pogues did for folk. Pirate-esque outfits and tight

sea shanties delivered

arrangements of with

high energy, exuberance and enthusiasm really get their audience going.

earn their living with working horses.

The project was an urgent one to identify, interview and record as many experienced working horsemen as possible while they are still with us. Then please make a note of the date of the following talk, on Friday 31st May, when the speaker will be Sarah Doig, and her subject will be “Beyond hatches, matches and dispatches: curious tales from Suffolk parish registers”. For more information,

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Philip Tallent, Chairman

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