Free Hearing Care Event in Framlingham

ONE local business is holding a free hearing loss awareness event to encourage the residents of Framlingham to prioritise their hearing health. Hearing loss affects 1 in 6 people in the UK and it takes 10 years on average before those who have noticed a loss in their hearing choose to seek help. Research has also proven that other than a reduced quality and experience of life, hearing loss can also lead to cognitive decline resulting in conditions such as depression and dementia. The Hearing Care Centre, which is a


business with 26 centres across East Anglia, will hold a special Hearing Care Day at Framlingham GP Surgery on

Thursday 9th May. Complimentary hearing

Local sportsman qualifies for British Youth Fencing Championships

A local teenager has recently qualified for the British Youth Fencing Championships to be held in Sheffield in May. Duncan Metherell,


14 years, earned a place to represent the Eastern Region in the under 16 boys’ epee event following his success at the Eastern Region qualifying rounds in Stevenage earlier this year. Duncan faced stiff

competition from

Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire,

London, Essex,

Norfolk and Suffolk-based fencers.

Duncan, who lives near

Halesworth, has been fencing for just over 2 years with the Great Yarmouth & Waveney Fencing Club and attends Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham.

assessments will be on offer at the event, as well as professional advice from The Hearing Care Centre’s award winning team to help you hear to your full potential.

Karen Finch, founder and lead audiologist at The Hearing Care Centre said “Hearing loss is a real issue in the UK. More often than not it's a gradual process, it's not always easy to tell if you're losing your hearing. Therefore it is so important to have your hearing assessed on a regular basis to intervene at the earliest stage possible.” To find out more information to

or book an

call The Hearing Care Centre on 01473


appointment, or


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Framlingham St John

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. As part of Global Badger, we are looking at St John in other parts of the world and local customs. We have had a go at the E Papa Waiari song and stick game played in New Zealand and talked about the St John Penguins, the St John New Zealand equivalent to our Badgers. We have learnt about anaphylactic shock, made shortbread and know how to treat a burn. 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 We were pleased to be invited to the recent dedication ceremony at Lowestoft for a new support vehicle for St John Ambulance in Suffolk. This very impressive vehicle has been kindly donated by the Grand Lodge of the Mark Master Masons through the Mark Benevolent Fund for the province of East Anglia and will be used by our volunteers throughout the county as they deliver first aid at events. Volunteering with St John Ambulance. Our recruitment campaign across Suffolk for local adults who would like to enrol with us and learn how to save a life has been going well. Those who applied before the April 21st deadline will be attending induction days in May and June, so they should be fully trained and ready to go on duty at events later in the summer. Although this phase of the recruitment campaign is almost complete, we are always on the lookout for enthusiastic over-18s who would like to join us. Summer first aid tips: With the summer months approaching and hopefully some




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more good weather, please make sure you check our website, www., for some summer first aid tips and ensure that you are ready and understand how to treat sunburn, sunstroke and other common conditions. You can also download our free first aid app to your Android phone, iPhone or Blackberry. This can also be found on our website or in your handset’s specific app store.

First aid cover at public 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


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? The courses include First Aid at Work, Fire Marshall and Early Years. For more information, please call 01473 241500 or 01728 621674. The Westbury Centre is available to hire for other training, seminars and

meetings, please contact

us on 01728 621674 or email

AN East Anglian sports project has been selected as the first regional group to benefit from a new funding scheme targeting youth projects. Catch22

Futures will

Suffolk Positive receive


from the Persimmon Homes Building Futures initiative, launched in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association. Simon Wood, director


charge at Persimmon Homes Suffolk, said: “This fantastic new funding scheme aims to support community


across three categories: sports, education & arts, and health. “We are delighted that the

first organisation to win is a

youth programme crime prevention that exists to

transform young people’s lives and make a significant impact on reducing crime and youth violence in local communities, while promoting positive emotional wellbeing.” Over the past five years,

JUNE welcomed us all to the meeting and thanked Jenny Shepard again for last month’s “Hands On” meeting. Our outing this year is to

Audley End. This is on June 12th and per

tickets are person fully of everything £41 including

inclusive a

two course meal on the way home.

If you are an English

Heritage member the cost will be £27. The coach will leave Wickham Market square at 9.30am with

a pickup

Woodbridge swimming pool. We still need helpers

at for

flowers at the Hospice on August 23rd. Please contact

Your Local Training Specialist


more than 5,600 young people have been supported by Catch 22 Suffolk Positive Futures and currently around 400 local young people regularly engage with the project, developing the skills and confidence needed to achieve their goals. Persimmon’s £1,000 donation will help the group to deliver a free weekly sports project for secondary school age youngsters in Haverhill. For more information about the

organisation visit www. suffolk-positive-futures-2 Building

being delivered

Futures is through

the Persimmon Charitable Foundation and is aimed at community projects for people aged under 18, targeting

groups, charities dealing with physical and mental

grassroots sports health

issues or awareness, as well as community arts and education projects. Monthly grants of £1,000

Carol on 01394 383666 if you are able to help. Members were asked to help

will awarded


Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve facilities and the delivery

of vital

grassroots community projects. In addition to the £1,000 monthly awards, three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October. In each sector – sport,

education & arts, and health – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted


receive £5,000. Persimmon Homes is

will each an

official partner of Team GB as it prepares for Tokyo 2020 and beyond. To find out more about or

to apply Building Futures visit building-futures/

with an increasing Wickham Market Flower Club - March meeting

All Saints Church, Kesgrave with their festival of flowers on May 25th, 26th and 27th. The winner of this months advanced

competition was

Di Siddle and the novice was Sue Cotton. The specimen was won by Jenny Sheppard. We were then introduced to our speaker for the evening, Brenda Tubb. We were in for a real treat. Brenda has a very infectious laugh and giggle and made us all laugh on several occasions as she regaled various things. The hoarder


husband with up, shirt,

his and

Brenda cooking "black" fish fingers for the granddaughter to name just two.

Brenda produced some

amazing arrangements of the kind that were just right to have in your home. Some beautiful flowers including, Anastasia green

chrysanthemum, pink and Crimson roses, various colours of Antirrhinums, Bianca spider Gerberas along with a vast array of foliage both imported and from the garden. She also read some poems to us. Brenda had some amazing containers and some adorable accessories including some beautiful chickens. She said she was delighted to have been asked back to our club and as she finished the 6th arrangement was given a great round of applause. You will see from the pictures her arrangements were stunning. Another great Wickham Market Flower Club meeting.

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